To Prevent Smear Campaigns, KPU Tells Election Candidates to Register Social Media Accounts

BY :YUSTINUS PAAT

OCTOBER 13, 2015

Jakarta. All regional election candidates and their campaign teams will be required to register their official social media accounts with the General Election Commission (KPU), the agency has announced.

The KPU says the regulation is aimed at preventing smear campaigns, commissioner Ferry Kurnia Rizkiyansyah said on Monday.

“Hopefully by signing up they will use those social media outlets responsibly,” Ferry said at the House of Representatives complex in Senayan, South Jakarta.

According to Ferry the KPU is still waiting for detailed information from the regions about the kinds of social media candidates intend to use.

Meanwhile, the chief of the Elections Supervisory Body (Bawaslu), Muhammad, said that Bawaslu had taken anticipatory steps to prevent negative campaigning from happening — such as by having a memorandum of understanding with the KPU and the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI).

Muhammad said any candidates or campaign teams found to be engaging in slander through social media will be pursued by the Bawaslu and face prosecution.

“We have strategies to monitor social media,” he said.

Indonesia will for the first time stage simultaneous regional elections in 200 provinces, districts and cities on Dec. 9.

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