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Jakarta Post

Vulnerable elections

  • Editorial board


Jakarta   /   Tue, November 24 2020   /  01:00 am
An election official helps a voter with a disability take part in a simulation of the 2020 simultaneous regional elections in the front yard of the General Elections Commission (KPU) headquarters on July 22. The KPU implemented COVID-19 protocols while holding the voting simulation. JP/Dhoni Setiawan (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

With about two weeks before the simultaneous regional elections in 270 regions across the country on Dec. 9, health protocol violations have persisted. But officials seem to be playing down the continuing breach of the most effective mechanism to contain COVID-19 during the ongoing electoral campaign. As of Nov. 15, the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) had recorded 1,448 offenses since the beginning of the campaign season on Sept. 26. The transgressions included failure to wear a mask, follow social distancing rules and limit in-person gatherings to less than 50 people. Bawaslu has acted against the violations by, among other measures, dispersing 158 campaign events after candidates or campaign teams repeatedly broke the rules and reprimanding first-time offenders. The General Elections Commission (KPU) regulation bans candidates and their campaign teams from holding mass ral...