The Bawaslu-Papua Office’s commissioner, Ronald Manoach, on September 10, 2020, stated that the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) in Papua has advised that all members of the province’s General Elections Commission (KPU) undergo swab tests so the preparations for this year’s simultaneous regional elections are not disrupted.
In addition to massive swab testing, sterilizing the KPU-Papua Office’s building is also required to make sure that all stages of the simultaneous regional elections in the province can be executed as scheduled, he said.
The KPU-Papua Office had confirmed earlier that one of the commission’s members had contracted the novel coronavirus disease and had been admitted to a local hospital.
“Currently, the commission’s member is being treated at the hospital’s isolation ward,” secretary of the KPU-Papua Provincial Office, Ryllo Ashuri Panay, as saying. The WFH policy will be effective from September 10 to September 17, 2020, Panay added.
The KPU offices in nine provinces, 224 districts, and 37 cities are busily preparing for all stages of the regional elections, which will be held simultaneously on December 9, 2020. In Papua province, eligible Papuan voters from the districts of Waropen, Supiori, Merauke, Yalimo, Boven Digul, Asmat, Mamberamo Raya, Nabire, Keerom, Pegunungan Bintang, and Yahukimo will exercise their democratic right to vote.
The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) stated that several violations of the health protocols arose during the registration process for candidates contesting this year’s regional elections, held on September 4-6.
For this year’s regional elections, President Jokowi has ordered Home Minister Tito Karnavian and National Police Chief, Gen. Idham Azis, to take strict action to prevent the spread of COVID-19.