Jakarta. Mass rallies on election day in Jakarta can only jeopardize the poll and are against the law, observers warn.
Election Organizers Ethics Council (DKPP) chairman Jimly Asshiddiqie said that invitations to join the rallies planned to coincide with the capital city's gubernatorial election on Wednesday (19/04) should be rejected.
"All invitations to the rallies should be rejected as [participation in them] violates [regulations]," Jimly said on Monday.
He added that the Jakarta Police, the Jakarta Election Commission (KPUD) and the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) made a right move by prohibiting public gatherings on election day.
"I have advised the campaign teams of both candidates to do the same. They should discipline their supporters and request that they do not participate in the rallies," he said.
Mass gatherings would only jeopardize the runoff election, therefore, according to Jimly, they should be prevented.
"Campaign leaders and their supporting parties should not ignore [the threat of] mass mobilization. I advise all of them to act now in order to prevent it," Jimly said.
According to Jimly, the so-called "Al Maidah Picnic" planned for Wednesday comes with bad intentions.
"The Al-Maidah Picnic is based on a wrong idea and will violate the law. We hope that security officials will contain it and that Jakarta residents will remain calm and desist from joining it," Jimly said.