Police Chief Issues Circular on Upcoming Regional Elections
Date 21 September 2020
Chief of the Indonesian National Police General Idham Azis issued Circular on Compliance with Health Protocols during the 2020 Regional Elections.
The Circular aims to prevent the new clusters of COVID-19 transmission during the upcoming Simultaneous Regional Elections this year.
“Today, Chief of the Indonesian National Police issued Circular on compliance with health protocols during the 2020 regional elections,” Head of Public Relations Division of the Indonesian National Police Inspector General Argo Yuwono said at a press conference in Jakarta, Monday (21/9).
According to Argo, the issuance of the Circular is a follow-up of the instruction of President Joko “Jokowi Widodo regarding the prevention of the COVID-19 transmission.
Argo added that the Circular also aims to encourage candidates and supporters to follow health protocols amid COVID-19 pendemic.
The Police Chief Circular includes:
First, the 2020 Simultaneous Regional Elections are the manifestation of the people’s sovereignty which is constitutionally protected by law, and it is necessary to reaffirm the regulation to prevent new clusters of COVID-19 transmisson.
Second, to provide protection and ensure safety to elections organizers, elections participants, voters and all related parties, and in order to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission during the new normal, the Chief of Police hereby issues the Circular:
- Life safety must be prioritized during the 2020 regional elections, by complying with Government policies and regulations related to COVID-19 handling and prevention, and health protocols during COVID-19 pandemic.
- Elections organizers, elections participants, voters, and all parties at each stage of the elections are obliged to follow COVID-19 health protocols by wearing face masks, washing hands, maintaining distance, and avoiding crowds.
- Mass mobilization at each stage of the elections must not exceed the limit set by the elections organizer.
- After completing each stage of the elections, all relevant parties and communities must immediately disperse in an orderly manner without any convoy.
Third, regarding the violation to the Circular, every police personnel is obliged to take the necessary action in accordance with the provisions of laws and regulations. (Public Relations of the Indonesian National Police/EN)
Translated by: Ridwan Ibadurrohman
Reviewed by: Lulu Wuliarti