The 2020 Regional General Election Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic, the General Election Commissions (KPU) Does Not Question the Potential of abstention

The 2020 Regional General Election Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic, the General Election Commissions (KPU) Does Not Question the Potential of abstention
The Commissioner for the General Elections Commission (KPU) RI, Viryan Azis

JAKARTA - The Commissioner for the General Elections Commission (KPU) of the Republic of Indonesia, Viryan Azis, stated that his party did not question if someone chose to abstain from voting in the 2020 Regional General Election (Pilkada).

This was conveyed by Viryan in response to the high potential for abstention in the 2020 Pilkada due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"In the event that there are still people or people want to abstain, that's a right and that's okay, " said Viryan through his statement, Friday (9/10/2020).

According to Viryan, the threat of non-voting is a challenge for the 2020 Pilkada. Therefore, his party will continue to disseminate and educate the implementation of Pilkada.

"For us, we focus on making this a challenge to do more intensive, educational, socialization work, " he said.

Viryan said there were at least two things the KPU would do to voters.

First, to ensure that the polling stations (TPS) are safe even though the Pilkada is held in a pandemic situation. The KPU ensured that voting at polling stations had adapted health protocols to prevent Covid-19 transmission. For this reason, if voters come to the polling station and adhere to the protocol, they are most likely safe from viruses.

Second, the KPU will also keep reminding that the Pilkada is held in a pandemic atmosphere. Therefore, the perspective used must be adjusted to the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

"What I mean is, if we still use the viewpoint of a normal situation, we certainly won't, I'm sorry, it's not relevant to this kind of condition, " he said.

Finally, continued Viryan, his party will also continue to remind that Pilkada is a public interest. If the community chooses to abstain from voting, the opportunity is lost to determine the candidate for their regional leader.

"So the key word is education that we continue to do, " he added.

The 2020 regional elections will be held in 270 regions, covering 9 provinces, 224 regencies and 37 cities. The campaign period lasts 71 days, starting from September 26 and ending December 5, 2020. Meanwhile, the election day for the Pilkada is planned to be held on December 9, 2020. (***)