Majority of public wants regional elections delayed: Surveys

first_img“Looking at these numbers, I think it will be a tough job for the government and the General Elections Commission [KPU] to garner public enthusiasm for the elections and improve public participation,” Indikator executive director Burhanudin Muhtadi said last week when announcing the results of the survey.Another pollster, Charta Politika Indonesia, released last Wednesday the results of a similar public opinion survey involving 2,000 respondents from July 6 to 12 to see whether they agreed with the government’s decision to hold the elections despite the pandemic showing no signs of abating.It found that 54.2 percent of respondents disagreed with the decision and only 31.8 percent of respondents agreed with it. Yet, half of those supporting the government’s decision also said they were unsure about whether they would show up at polling stations and cast their ballots.Read also: KPU presses on with December elections despite turnout concerns Most Indonesians disagree with the government’s decision to hold the 2020 simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9, as uncertainty remains over when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, two recent surveys have found.Jakarta-based pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia interviewed 1,200 respondents across Indonesia from July 13 to 16 on whether the elections should take place during the outbreak.It found that 63.1 percent of respondents preferred the year-end polls be postponed, while 34.3 percent said the elections should occur as scheduled. The remaining 2.6 percent of respondents did not provide answers. Topics :center_img “Our survey results indicate that the government and the KPU will have a difficult job increasing public participation in the coming elections. Otherwise, we will see a low turnout,” Charta Politika executive director Yunarto Wijaya said.The two surveys appeared to reflect concerns about low voter turnout from experts and activists, who have repeatedly called on policymakers to push back the elections to 2021 over fears the COVID-19 outbreak could continue late into the year. They argued that the elections, which seek to elect 270 regional leaders comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors, would put voters and election organizers at risk of contracting the disease.But the government has insisted on holding the December elections, with Home Minister Tito Karnavian saying that democracy should go on despite the outbreak.As a result, the KPU has to grapple with arranging health protocols and procuring personal protective equipment to prevent election organizers, candidates and voters from contracting the disease during all stages of elections, from the preparations, which started in June, to the final vote count a week after voting day.Read also: KPU to advise regional candidates to campaign onlineFadli Ramadanil of election watchdog Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) said the surveys indicated that prospective voters were unlikely to prioritize the elections as long as the pandemic still raged on.Political analyst Adi Prayitno from State Islamic University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta said low public interest in elections might encourage candidates to turn to vote buying by offering money or daily supplies to potential voters, particularly those suffering from financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.Adi said the government could press ahead with hosting the Dec. 9 elections only in COVID-19 low-risk regions, or “green zones”, to ensure high turnout.Read also: Vote buying threatens to undermine year-end elections: KPKKPU commissioner Ilham Saputra said the commission would not ask the government or the House of Representatives for election postponement because the KPU had already begun preparing the elections. He said the commission finished screening independent candidates on July 12, and was now updating the voter roll – scheduled to be completed on Aug. 13.“Postponing the elections is not in our plan so far, but we will try to resolve what people described as a lack of public enthusiasm for year-end polls,” Ilham said.“For social media platforms, we will prepare a tutorial video about voting mechanisms. This is to convince people that it will be safe to show up at polling stations.”last_img read more

Volleyball: Multiple Badgers take home Big Ten honors

first_imgAdding to the already successful 2015 regular season the Wisconsin volleyball team had, four Badgers were awarded Big Ten honors Tuesday night. Only a day from postseason play for Wisconsin, these players would like to keep the success that earned these accolades continuing.Lauren CarliniSetter of the Year, first-team all-Big TenLauren Carlini solidified her rise to dominance during the 2015 campaign in which she averaged 11.91 assists per set (most in the Big Ten and seventh in the nation) and a hitting percentage of .253. Her leadership guided a Badgers program from a shaky start to the No. 6 seed in the NCAA tournament while playing every set of every match. She was one of seven unanimous selections for this honor.Most impressive match: Nov. 18 vs. IllinoisFacing No. 18 Illinois in Champaign, the Badgers and Fighting Illini traded blows for five grueling sets. Down 11-9 in the fifth set, Carlini stepped up and delivered four noteworthy assists to help Wisconsin break out on a 6-1 run and steal the match from Illinois’ grasp. That night, Carlini tallied a season-high 57 assists.Haleigh NelsonFirst-team all-Big TenHaleigh Nelson entered the season as a question mark, and ended it being recognized as one of the top players in her conference. After spending the offseason retooling her skills and growing her confidence, Nelson returned to Madison to showcase a matured offensive prowess. Her 2.65 kills per set, team-leading .27 aces per set and 1.27 blocks per set (fifth in the Big Ten and 42nd in the nation) made her the most well-rounded player on this roster, a compliment that should not be taken lightly given the talent at Wisconsin’s disposal. But her most impressive feature is her hitting efficiency (.422 hitting percentage), which places her tied for first in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation.Most impressive match: Nov. 18 vs. IllinoisCoincidentally, as Carlini was having her best match of the season, Nelson decided to join in on the fun as well. Her 18 kills and seven total blocks that night made her a feared presence at the net that threw off Illinois hitters and blockers from the start when she recorded three kills within the first seven points in the first set.Taylor MoreyHonorable mention all-Big TenTaylor Morey’s final regular season campaign ended with some impressive performances, and will leave her with the fifth-most digs in program history (1,455). A transfer from Notre Dame, Morey has made an impact in each of her three seasons in Madison — growing as each year went on. 2015 was no exception. She averaged 4.51 digs per set (third in the Big Ten) and commanded a backline that was called on to make more than 80 digs in four matches this season.Most impressive match: Sept. 18 vs. Kansas StateEarly in the season Wisconsin was facing some glaring problems, namely communication issues. An early season match against a tough Kansas State team was a problem not only for the team, but also Morey, who would have to direct her young backline against a high-powered attack. In the end, Morey tied her career-high of 29 digs, and guided her teammates to a total of 83 digs — the second highest total all season and a performance head coach Kelly Sheffield described as one of the toughest and grittiest of the year.Tionna Williams Big Ten all-freshman teamTionna Williams assumed a tough role after key departures from the prior season, a role Sheffield described as one of — if not the toughest — position to play in the Big Ten. But she’s stepped into it with confidence, and has since gone on to record 1.34 blocks per set (fourth in the Big Ten and 28th in the country) and 2.21 kills per set. As a true freshman, she’s progressed in her development rather quickly, a sign of the maturity the Badgers so desperately needed this season with a young roster. For Williams, this freshman campaign will be a stepping stone for better performances to come.Most impressive match: Oct. 17 vs. MinnesotaDespite the Badgers dropping the match to then-No. 11 Minnesota, Williams was in no way at fault. She recorded 12 kills and six total blocks, while hitting at .455 percent and even recording a dig. In an away match against the now No. 4 team in the country, Williams ditched the freshman persona that evening and grew into an always-reliable player.last_img read more

250 Canadian University Professors And Royal Society Of Canada Oppose Site C Mega Dam

first_img“It is also particularly troubling that the assessment process did not comprehensively assess cumulative environmental effects and impacts.”In a release, the Statement of Concern makes a total of 4 recommendations. The provincial government to refer the Project for review and recommendations under Section 5 of the BC Utilities Commission Act; The federal government to revisit the Order in Council approving the Project1 by directing the Department of Justice to complete an analysis of (i) whether the Project infringes upon the treaty and aboriginal rights guaranteed by the Constitution Act, 1982 (s. 35), and (ii) whether any such infringement can be justified under the framework established in Sparrow.2 We expect the present government, with its strong commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, will make public the analysis received from the Department of Justice.3 We ask that the federal government suspend the issuance of further permits or authorizations pursuant to the Order In Council until this analysis has been completed and publicized; OTTAWA – An independent study shows that the government has failed to keep promises to certain groups and address concerns regarding the Site C Mega Dam project.The study done by scholars, political scientists, water scientists, and environmental scientists showed that the government has not met conditions and reconciliation with First Nations.“Based on evidence raised across our many disciplines, we have concluded that there were significant gaps and inadequacies in the regulatory review and environmental assessment process for the Site C Project,” reads the statement of concern. “Our assessment is that this process did not accord with the commitments of both the provincial and federal governments to reconciliation with and legal obligations to First Nations, protection of the environment, and evidence-based decision-making with scientific integrity.”The study found issues with environment, legal issues and First Nations issues. “It is troubling that the Site C Project is proceeding even though there are outstanding court cases on First Nations treaty and Aboriginal rights issues which have not yet been resolved.  Past projects often neglected or ignored Aboriginal peoples and their concerns–with adverse and lingering consequences. Those days are supposed to be over.” – Advertisement -Researchers also found that there was lack of evidence-based decision-making with scientific integrity.Advertisementcenter_img Both governments to explain why the unprecedented imposition of numerous significant adverse environmental effects is justified by a Project whose electricity output is presently unnecessary and for which less expensive and less environmentally damaging alternatives exist;Advertisement Both governments to delay issuance of any further permits or authorizations until the courts decide on the First Nations’ issues at stake, and until the BC Utilities Commission has completed its review.last_img read more