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Jakarta Post

Regional elections during a pandemic: What to expect in next month's polls

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 27, 2020   /  07:55 pm
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A worker arranges ballots ahead of the 2020 Makassar Regional Elections at the Celebes Convention Center in Makassar, South Sulawesi, on Tuesday.(Antara/Arnas Padda)

The simultaneous regional elections scheduled for Dec. 9 have been touted as the biggest such event in Indonesia since 2015. This year, 270 regions across the archipelago will stage races. Some 100 million registered voters, which make up roughly 40 percent of the country’s population of 260 million people, will elect nine governors, 37 mayors and 224 regents. Unlike previous elections, and for the first time in the nation’s history, the COVID-19 pandemic will cast a long shadow over the political contests. Epidemiologists and election observers have pinned hopes on the General Elections Commission (KPU) to prevent any stage of the contest from becoming new sources of viral transmission. Read also: 2020 regional elections: Which battlegrounds are being tightly contested this year? Where do we stand with the preparation? With less than two weeks until voting ...