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Contesting parties to obtain campaign note from police

Unknown - February 1997

Jakarta – Before campaigning, according to Colonel Pol. Drs. Djamaluddin Harahap, the contesting parties must first obtain a Campaign Note from the police. The instruction is stated in the Field Directives of National Police Chief number Pol: Juklap/01/I/1997 on 1997 General Elections Campaign Notice.

According to Harahap, this is intended as a guide of the implementation of the issuing of the 1997 election campaign note. This rule is also intended to create a uniformity in the issuing of the note. "This is not intended to limit the campaign activities," Harahap said at the National Police Headquarters yesterday.

According to Harahap, in order to obtain the note, each contesting party must apply a notice to the police seven days before the campaign activities take place. The police will issue the Note three days before the campaign.

"We will surely issue the notice three days before the campaign take place. If not, the parties can campaign without it," Harahap said.

Harahap explained for the campaign by the Central Leadership, the notice is to be sent to the National Police Chief and Intelpam Director Police Headquarters, campaigns by the First-level Regional Leadership is sent to the Regional Police Chief while the campaigns by the Second-level Regional Leadership is sent to the Local Police Chief/Jakarta Police Chief/Resort Police Chief.

The notice must be signed by the gnarl head and general secretary of the contesting parties.

Harahap also said the notice must include the script or example of the means if there are some, plan of usage of mass transportation, campaign schedule, committee list, permit as speaker/moderator if the person is a civil servant or state official, permit of owner or occupant of building or yard, both individual or corporate, permit of governmental institution is using governmental building.

About the usage of motorized vehicle, Head of the Traffic Headquarters Colonel Pol Drs. Mulyo Hadi said it is the parties' responsibility. The rule is stated in the announcement by the National Police Chief number Pol.: Peng/01/I/1997 in line with article 82 (2) of the Governmental Regulation (PP) number 74/1996.

It says that the committee must determine a short as possible route to and back from the location. "This is to prevent traffic-jam. There is always traffic jam even without campaigns," Hadi said.

The type of vehicles used must be in line with the purpose (passengers' vehicle, bus, special vehicle) and fulfill the requirements as arranged in the article 36 of the Traffic Law and article 2 of the Governmental Regulation number 41/1993.

If they are forced to use trucks, it must be completed with a 0.6 meter wall with the floor width of at least 0.4 m per passenger. It must also have roofs and have a notice for taking passengers as arranged in article 3 of the Governmental Regulation 41/1993.

The vehicles must also be proper. This includes construction, breaking system, lights and other requirements as determined in the article 12 of the Traffic Law and the articles 4, 13, 18, 29 and 70 of the Governmental Regulation 44/1993.

Driver and passengers of two-wheel motor must use helmet, as well as those riding non-roofed trucks. This is stipulated in the article 23 (1)e of the Traffic Law and article 70 of the Governmental Regulation 43/1993.

Besides that, the contesting parties must attach stickers or identification card on their vehicle on the proper location. "Vehicles from Tangerang may not campaign in West Jakarta. With those stickers, we can monitor them."

According to Hadi, if the participants of the campaign disobey the rules, they will take harsh actions. That include oral and written address, and also fine.