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Supervise Campaigns at Social Media, Bawaslu Will Form Cyber Patrols in Each Regency/City

Coordinator of the Legal, Public Relations, and Datin Bawaslu Division, Fritz Edward Siregar when giving a presentation in a discussion entitled Policy Recommendations Regarding Election and Election Regulations in Indonesia related to Political Campaigns on Social Media, Thursday 18 June 2020 / Photo: Public Relation of Bawaslu RI

Jakarta, Election Supervisory Body - Bawaslu member Fritz Edward Siregar said, Bawaslu will form cyber patrols in each district/city to support campaign monitoring on social media (social media). If any hate speech or black campaign is found, Bawaslu immediately asks the social media platform to reduce it.

"We Bawaslu will form a cyber team in each Regency / City Bawaslu so that the reporting process (violations) to the foam medical platform is immediate 'down' quickly," Fritz said in an online discussion of Policy Recommendations Regarding Election and Election Regulations in Indonesia related to Political Campaigns on Social Media, Thursday (6/18/2020).

Unfortunately, said the man who graduated with a law master from Erasmus University, the Netherlands, the Election Law of 10/2016 does not regulate any prohibition on campaigning on social media. For him, it is very different from the Law on Election 7/2017 which regulates many campaign issues through social media.

"There are indeed setbacks in the Election Law (if compared to the Election Law) related to campaigns on social media and that needs to be our 'awareness'," he hoped.

Besides, in the Election Commission (PKPU) regulations (pilkada) in disasters, there are also no campaign restrictions conducted online, only limited to public meetings. "For the Province (Pilgub) it can only be done twice and once for the Regency / City (which holds pilbup and pilwalkot)," he said.

Not only is the campaign prohibition on social media that has not been regulated, Fritz said, the general campaign prohibition based on the Law on Regional Election 10/2016 only exists in Article 69. So, he continued, if other violations are found, for example, related to the Electronic Transaction and Information Act (ITE), then forwarded to other authorized parties such as the police. "That is because in carrying out their duties, Bawaslu is bound to relevant laws, for example for regional elections Bawaslu works under the Law on Regional Election 10 of 2016," he pointed out.

"Although the role of the Election Supervisory Body is highly expected in carrying out its supervisory and enforcement functions, its authority is limited only in Article 69 of Law 10/2016 only." That is why the cooperation between the Election Supervisory Body and the Police (required) to take action if found any alleged violations related to Another law, "he said.

On that occasion, Fritz thanked Facebook for giving the election / pillada organizers (KPU and Bawaslu) a special path in reporting hate speech to immediately remove the content. Although he acknowledged, there were still differences in the meanings of hate speech between Bawaslu and social media platforms.

"Thank you to Facebook for giving Bawaslu and KPU a special channel, for reporting if found alleged hate speech (in the campaign), even though we still have a long debate about what is hate speech," he said.

Translator: Ali Imron
Editor: THS Ranap

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