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Majority of public want regional elections delayed: Surveys

  • Galih Gumelar

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 28 2020   /  01:00 am
A man dips his finger in indelible ink in East Denpasar, Bali, on Wednesday after voting in the Bali gubernatorial election. More than half of the country’s population cast their ballots in the simultaneous regional elections. (JP/Anggara Mahendra)

Most Indonesians disagree with the government’s decision to hold the 2020 simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9, as uncertainty remains over when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, two recent surveys have found. Jakarta-based pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia interviewed 1,200 respondents across Indonesia from July 13 to 16 on whether the elections should take place during the outbreak. It found that 63.1 percent of respondents preferred the year-end polls be postponed, while 34.3 percent said the elections should occur as scheduled. The remaining 2.6 percent of respondents did not provide answers. “Looking at these numbers, I think it will be a tough job for the government and the General Elections Commission [KPU] to garner public enthusiasm for the elections and improve public participation,” Indikator executive director Burhanudin Muhtadi said last week...