Jakarta Mandates ‘Quiet Week’ Before Election

By webadmin on 05:58 pm Jul 08, 2012
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Bani Saksono

Registered voters for this year’s gubernatorial election will have a so-called “quiet week” free from the influence of campaigning or polls starting Sunday and effective through election day on Wednesday. Officials say the quiet week gives voters time to consider their choice.

“We’re worried that polls released [before] voting day will influence the voters,” Sumarno, an official with KPU Jakarta, said on Sunday.
“So there should not be advertisements, banners or other campaign [paraphernalia] related to the Jakarta gubernatorial election.”

Polling bodies are allowed to conduct flash surveys prior to the election, but are banned from publishing the results before 1 p.m. on Wednesday to give voters time to cast their votes.

The Jakarta administration has announced a holiday for all government officials during voting day on Wednesday, and has advised private companies to do the same.

There are six pairs of candidates that will contest the election, including incumbent Fauzi Bowo, Solo mayor Joko Widodo, Hendardji Soepandji, economist Faisal Basri, Prosperous Justice Party candidate Hidayat Nur Wahid and South Sumatera governor Alex Noerdin.

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