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Voting simulation, health protocol enforcement key to regional polls

  • Alya Nurbaiti

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 30 2020   /  01:00 am
Get prepared: Election officials fold ballots for the 2018 Central Java gubernatorial election in Ungaran, Semarang regency, on May 20. (Antara/Aditya Pradana Putra)

Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has called on the General Elections Commission (KPU) to conduct voting simulation prior to the simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9. “Conducting a simulation is important to ensure voting procedures are prepared amid the pandemic,” Ganjar told The Jakarta Post on Friday. He also emphasized the importance of arranging time slots for voting. “So people can take turns to vote, to avoid crowds [which could lead to COVID-19 transmission]." On Dec. 9, Central Java will see voters in 21 out of its 35 cities and regencies elect new mayors and regents. Ganjar said all participating cities and regencies were financially ready, but had yet to procure protective equipment required for election officials as part of the health protocols prepared by the KPU to prevent virus transmission among officials, candidates and voters. ...