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The Latest IKP, the Covid-19 Pandemic Has the Potential to Disrupt the 2020 Pilkada

Bawaslu Commisioner M Afifuddin on virtual press conference about updated the 2020 Local Election Vulnerability Index (IKP Pilkada) at Bawaslu Office Jakarta, Thursday 22 September 2020/Photo by Irwan (Bawaslu Public Relation)

Jakarta, Election Supervisory Body - Bawaslu again updated the 2020 Local Election Vulnerability Index (IKP Pilkada) by highlighting the campaign stages during the Covid-19 pandemic. The results of Bawaslu's research stated that the Covid-19 pandemic has the potential to disrupt the implementation of the 2020 Pilkada stages.

Bawaslu member Mochammad Afifuddin explained Bawaslu used several indicators to measure vulnerability in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. These indicators, he continued, are election organizers infected and/or died due to covid-19, election organizers who resigned due to the pandemic, a surge in patients and victims who died due to covid-19, and rejection of the 2020 Pilkada from the general public as well as from community leaders because of the pandemic.

"In the IKP Pilkada 2020 this time, there are 50 districts / cities that are indicated to be highly vulnerable in the context of the pandemic. This figure has almost doubled compared to the latest IKP in June 2020 which states 27 districts / cities are indicated to be highly vulnerable in the case of the COVID-19 pandemic," he said in a press conference for the update of the 2020 Pilkada IKP (local election vulnerability index) at the Bawaslu Jakarta Office, Tuesday (22/9/2020).

The 10 regions with the highest vulnerability in the pandemic aspect are Depok City, Kotawaringin Timur Regency, Bukittinggi City, Agam Regency, Manado City, and Bandung Regency. Then Sintang District, West Sumbawa Regency, Bone Bolango Regency, and Bandar Lampung City.

Afif revealed that at the provincial level, all regions holding governor elections (pilgub) are indicated to be highly vulnerable in the context of a pandemic. The sequence is Central Kalimantan, West Sumatera, North Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi, Bengkulu, South Kalimantan, Riau Islands, Jambi, and finally North Kalimantan.

"Three provinces, namely Central Kalimantan, West Sumatra and North Sulawesi are in a score above 90 from the maximum hazard score of 100," said the Coordinator of the Bawaslu Supervision and Socialization Division.

In order to prevent crowds at the election stage, Afif stated that Bawaslu issued a Circular on the Determination and Drawing of Candidate Number for the 2020 Pilkada. In the Cicular Letter, Bawaslu ordered Provincial Bawaslu and Regency/City Bawaslu to conduct coordination meetings with political parties and LO (liaison officer) prospective pairs of candidates to prevent and not create a crowd of supporters at both stages.

Bawaslu also recommended that election organizers, candidate pairs, campaign teams and voters always strictly implement health protocols in implementing and participating in campaign activities. Another recommendation is that the election organizer, local government, task force coordinate on an ongoing basis in the disclosure of information regarding the implementation of the election stages and the development of the Covid-19 pandemic conditions in each region.
"The police and the local Covid-19 Response Task Force must coordinate massively in law enforcement and prosecution of health protocol violations,"Afif said

Editor: Ranap THS


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