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Jakarta Post

KPU regulates campaigning amid pandemic

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 14 2020   /  01:00 am
Rosalia Wewengkang, 90, center, walks toward the voting booth with two people assisting her at the Padarambu polling station 09 in Watunggene subdistrict, Kota Komba district, East Manggarai regency, East Nusa Tenggara on presidential and legislative elections day held simultaneously on April 17, 2019.(JP/Markus Makur)

The General Elections Commission (KPU) has issued a regulation on the upcoming 2020 regional polls that stipulates health protocols for the concurrent elections being held in 270 regions across Indonesia amid the coronavirus pandemic. Under KPU Regulation No. 6/2020 on regional elections amid COVID-19 published on Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post, election participants are only allowed to hold physical mass campaigns in zones declared COVID-19-free by the local COVID-19 task force. "Election participants must make an effort to carry out mass campaigns through online media,” the regulation stated. Any physical mass campaigns must be held in an open space, starting at 9 a.m. local time and ending no later than 5 p.m. The venue must not exceed 50 percent of its capacity, and a distance of 1 meter must be maintained between participants. The re...