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Jakarta Post

Religious, political leaders call for poll postponement

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Ardila Syakriah


Jakarta   /   Tue, September 22 2020   /  01:00 am
Mayoral candidate pair Eri Cahyadi (center) and Armuji (second left) walks with their supporters to the Surabaya General Elections Commission (KPU) office in East Java on Sept. 4, 2020.(Antara/Moch. Asim)

The government is facing mounting pressure to postpone the regional elections this December amid concerns about greater COVID-19 transmission across the country, as officials prepare even stricter curbs. Indonesia saw another daily high for new COVID-19 infections on Monday, with the 4,176 new cases recorded adding urgency to calls to postpone the elections to prevent the virus from spreading further among the population. The two largest grassroots Islamic organizations in the country, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah, are among the latest civil society groups to call for a delay to the simultaneous elections, in order to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission. The two groups expressed concerns that the election process, particularly campaigning, would inevitably involve a large number of people and would therefore pose a greater risk of COVID-19 transmission around ...