Indonesia elections: Campaign violations overwhelm watchdogs

 
Children wearing political party T-shirts at the Gerindra rally at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. The Indonesian Child Protection Commission has reported all political parties to the national election supervisory board for failing to prevent their supporters from taking their children to campaign events. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

INDONESIAN election watchdogs say they have been overwhelmed by the scale of violations since campaigning for the April 9 general election began a week ago.

These range from campaign advertisements that do not meet requirements to using children to campaign, both of which are prohibited by law. The latter offence carries a maximum punishment of five years' jail and a 100 million rupiah (S$11,000) fine.

Indonesian Child Protection Commission chairman Asrorun Niam last Wednesday said it had reported all 12 political parties to Bawaslu, the national election supervisory board, for failing to prevent their supporters from taking their children to campaign events, the Jakarta Post reported.

The Prosperous Justice Party is said to have the most children involved in its campaign.

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