Jakarta. Next year's simultaneous regional elections will likely take place on June 27, after the Idul Fitri holidays, according to the newly appointed head of the General Elections Commission, or KPU.
"We had a plenary meeting and decided on the end of June, on the 27th, as a possible day for the 2018 regional elections," KPU chairman Arief Budiman said in Jakarta Friday (21/04).
He said the KPU will hold a hearing next week with House of Representatives Commission II, which oversees home affairs, regional autonomy, administrative reforms and agrarian affairs, to discuss the elections.
One of the issues to be finalized is the date of the elections.
"The law states that the 2018 regional elections must take place in June. However, there will be large-scale religious activities, starting from the fasting month of Ramadan to the Idul Fitri holidays. So, we will conduct the voting after Idul Fitri," Arief said.
The mechanism will be similar to the 2017 regional elections, since there have been no changes to the KPU regulations so far.
"The mechanism and stages to synchronize, finalize and affirm the permanent voters list will be the same. Nothing has changed, since the regulation is still the same, except when there are changes in the Regional Elections Law. We will adjust to that," he said.
He added that a KPU team is currently running a simulation of the regional election stages, based on the proposed date next year.
These phases, until voting day, will take up to eight months – with the preparation stage to start in November this year.
More than 170 regions across the archipelago will hold local elections next year. Among them are 17 provinces, 39 cities and 115 districts, including in East, Central and West Java.