Public Safety, Public Health Very Important In Regional Elections Amid Pandemic: President Jokowi
Date 8 September 2020
Ahead of the upcoming simultaneous regional head elections that will be held with health protocols, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has once again stressed that public safety and health is of utmost importance.
The President added that the key to prevent risks caused by the pandemic is to deal with health issues or the pandemic itself.
Therefore, the discipline in implementing health protocols during the regional head elections must be enforced and must not be neglected, he added.
“I’ve learned that many candidates still flout the health protocols. For example, a concert was held and attended by thousands of people during the declaration of candidate pairs,” he said, adding that this has become a concern that must not be taken lightly.
The Head of State also pointed out that the regional head elections must proceed and cannot be postponed until the pandemic ends.
“This is because we never know when the pandemic ends,” he said, while stressing that the regional head elections must also adapt to the new normal protocol.
On that occasion, the President also called on the General Elections Commission (KPU), the Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu), government officials, the Indonesian National Defense Forces (TNI), the Indonesian National Police (Polri) and all community leaders / organizations to join hands in maintaining public discipline to follow health protocols. (FID/EN)
Reviewed by: M. Ersan Pamungkas