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Vote buying threatens to undermine year-end elections: KPK

  • Galih Gumelar

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 1 2020   /  01:00 am
Get ready: An election officer moves a ballot box from the Ciamis Regional Elections (Pilkada) logistics warehouse in Ciamis regency, West Java, on Feb.28. (Antara/Adeng Bustomi)

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) have warned about potential vote buying in the upcoming simultaneous regional elections, which the government insists on holding on Dec. 9 despite the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. The two institutions are worried that candidates may woo voters, especially those who are suffering from financial hardship as a result of the epidemic, by offering money or daily supplies. KPK deputy chairman Nurul Ghufron said these voters would be susceptible to accepting gifts offered by candidates. “[COVID-19 hardships] might trigger the public to vote for candidates who give them cash and basic necessities,” Nurul said in a recent virtual public discussion. “Such a transactional approach is illegal because candidates will exploit those who are enduring economic difficulties so that they can ...