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

Drought ends at Seymour for Lance Arneson

first_imgBy Dave PanskeSEYMOUR, Wis. (Aug. 30) – Lance Arneson won his first Budweiser IMCA Modified feature at Seymour Speedway since June 12 of 2011 Sunday night.Arneson worked from the second row and into the lead after the opening lap followed by Trevor Spaulding, Jerry Wilinski, Chad Guyette, Rob Charapata and Konnor Wilinski.   A spin brought out the only caution of the race on lap 2, and Arneson continued to set the pace after the restart.Jerry Wilinski moved into the runner-up spot and point leader Eric Scribner followed into third. On lap 5, Scribner took over the second spot with Eric Arneson and Chad Bartel moving forward.Scribner closed in on the leader but after a couple laps, Arneson settled into a solid pattern on the out­side, Scribner did the same on the inside and the margins stayed pretty much unchanged to the finish. Bartel ran out of laps to mount a serious challenge and finished third.Travis Van Straten was finally able to inch ahead and finally into sole procession of the lead on lap 16 of the Coors Light IMCA Stock Car feature and drove off to collect his eighth local feature win and 31st for the season.Chas Van Ooyen came home second with Kyle Frederick third.Jeremy Cota took over the top spot on lap 11, then sped off and collected his fourth straight fea­ture win and eighth local O’Reilly Auto Parts IMCA Northern SportMod victory of the season.Travis Arenz worked by on the final lap to take second from Russell Franks, who completed his strongest finish in third.last_img read more

“It hurts us tremendously”- Jacobs on COVID-19 fallout

first_img–Cricketer/entrepreneur says uncontracted players will feel brunt of COVID-19By Clifton RossIN the wake of the ongoing pandemic, local cricketer/entrepreneur Steven Jacobs said COVID-19 will most certainly hurt the uncontracted players, adding that he wants the younger crop of cricketers to focus on pursuing other endeavors outside of the game, to help lay a foundation for a life after sports.Arguably the poster-child for what every cricketer should model himself after, Jacobs, one of Guyana’s most experienced all-rounders, was a key part of the Jaguars limited overs team for a long period of time before he was overlooked by the selectors.A former West Indies Under-19 captain and skipper of the Combined Campuses and Colleges (CCC) team during the 2014 Regional 4-Day season, the off-spinner has transitioned nicely from a regional cricket star with a University of West Indies (UWI) education to a successful businessman who has converted himself into one of the country’s leading jewellers.In a recent interview with Chronicle Sport, the 31-year-old touched on a number of topics surrounding the recent state of sports due to COVID-19, as well as giving advice to his fellow teammates with regards to ensuring that they are able to feed their families without solely depending on cricket.“It’s a very difficult time now with COVID-19; it will have terrible effects right across the board. In regular jobs, some people are being laid off; some salaries are being cut cause of how business is. So it’s not good because it will affect us in a major way economically”, Jacobs pointed out.Despite the shroud of darkness hovering over the world of sports, the right-hander said that he felt some of the cricketers were safe from any near-future financial blows. Those players are the contracted ones who will receive monies from Cricket West Indies (CWI) either for their international or Professional Cricket League (PCL) bonds.However, Jacobs believes that it is the younger players who will feel the brunt of COVID-19 as many of them are either on the pay-for-play basis, which means they are paid only when they represent Guyana or those who are now looking to break into the academy or the national team full-time.“It hurts us (cricketers) tremendously, there are no games to play, no tournaments to go to, and this is how cricketers usually make their daily bread. The contracted players will still have something to help them through this time, but definitely I think it will have a strong impact on us”, Jacobs added.The Malteenoes Sports Club player then gave some advice to the players, especially those who are now coming into their own professionally and financially. He believed that the wealth accumulated as a contemporary cricketer could easily allow players to branch off into being their own brand, thus ensuring their financial stability is, even in the midst of a crisis, still maintained.“What I can do is advise cricketers that when things get back to normalcy, they think about doing something else while they are playing, so when times like this come they will have something to fall back on and something extra to help out in these situations”.A stalwart in the T20 format, having represented the Guyana Amazon Warriors and Jamaica Tallawahs with much success in the Hero CPL tournament, Jacobs, who last played for the Jaguars national team in 2017, was one of the primary spin weapons and a good batsman before selectors opted to try other pieces in the team.Despite his hiatus from the Jags team, Jacobs, who has remained fit and has played in other tournaments locally and regionally since then, including the CPL, confirmed that he’s not retired from cricket but rather just been dropped from the national team.Nevertheless, the off-break spinner was adamant that as a professional athlete, one needs to make preparations for a life after sports, identifying saving money as one of the key aspects to a successful post-cricket or sports career.“It’s very difficult with COVID-19, no free-flow of anything and it has to be taken seriously because it can kill you; it has a serious impact, so I’m just advising persons to do something extra and, most importantly, it teaches you to save, because with savings, you have money for these sort of times when money isn’t flowing too well”, Jacobs ended.last_img read more