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Jakarta Post

Parties prepare online election campaigns

  • Ghina Ghaliya


Jakarta   /   Fri, September 25 2020   /  01:00 am
Medical workers carry a fainted voter during a simulation of regional election in Banyuwangi, East Java on Sept. 14, 2020. The simulation was held as part of preparation for the 2020 simultaneous regional elections set to take place in 270 regions across Indonesia on Dec. 9. (Antara/Budi Candra Setya)

Political parties are set to campaign virtually for the 2020 regional elections, which the government and the House of Representatives have agreed to hold on Dec. 9 despite the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. The General Elections Commission (KPU) has completely banned candidates running in the elections from holding rallies or other crowd-pulling events, such as concerts, bazaars and art performances, as the campaign season draws near.   The prohibition is laid out in the latest KPU regulation issued on Wednesday as a revision of a previous regulation that allowed rallies and concerts. Meanwhile, parties have prepared their candidates to prioritize virtual forms of campaigning and to be disciplined in applying COVID-19 health protocols. The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), which is backing eight gubernatorial tickets, 214 regency tickets and 34 mayo...