The implementation of the simultaneous Perbekel/Village Head (Pilkel) Election in Buleleng Regency refers to the Minister of Home Affairs Regulation (Permendagri) Number 72 of 2020 concerning the election of village heads. “In this regulation, the implementation of the Pilkel must apply the health protocol (prokes) strictly,” said the Head of Section (Kasi) for Apparatus Capacity Building, Community and Village Empowerment Service (DPMD) I Rai Gede Arisudana after socializing the simultaneous Pilkel in 2021 at the Laksmi Women’s Building. Graha, Thursday (17/6).
Arisudana explained that the strict implementation of health procedures was an emphasis during the simultaneous Pilkel implementation during the Covid-19 pandemic. This is in accordance with Permendagri Number 72 of 2020 concerning the election of Village Heads. That way, the implementation stages starting from preparation, nomination, campaign and voting must follow the prokes rules. “The number of voters in the Permanent Voters List (DPT) at one polling station (TPS) is a maximum of 500 people,” he said.
At the time of voting, the election committee uses gloves, plastic barriers when voting, no children, traders and disinfectant spray every two hours. “All that must be done when voting at the polling station. Hopefully there will be no Covid-19 cases. There are no simultaneous pilkel clusters,” he explained.
The number of polling stations will be increased if the number of voters in the DPT is very large. The DPT has been inventoried based on 2019 data. There are also TPS with less than 500 voters, namely 200-300 people. Therefore, the number of polling stations in each village will be different. “It can be more than 10 polling stations. For example, in Lokapaksa Village, Seririt District, there should be no more than 500 people in each polling station. Arrival hours are set to avoid crowds at the polls. Maybe when the invitations are distributed, the arrival time has been arranged, “said Arisudana.
Pilkel cannot run with only one candidate. The number of candidates is a minimum of two people and a maximum of five people. The mechanism for extending the registration for 20 days will be carried out to meet the minimum requirements. However, if there is only one candidate during the extension period, the regional head or regent will postpone the Pilkel implementation in the village until 2023.
For example, there are only two candidates, but one withdraws, he is still declared a candidate. “Even if he dies, he is still considered a candidate and his name appears on the ballot. Something like that. When the term of office expires, the regent will appoint an acting perbekel from civil servants. In 2021 there will be 40 villages in eight sub-districts holding pilkels. One minus is Gerokgak District,” he added.
The head of DPMD Nyoman Agus Jaya Sumpena said that the current stage has entered the socialization to villages that will hold Pilkel. Addressed to the village committee first. To be further socialized in the village by the village committee. The Village Consultative Body (BPD) has also conveyed to the Perbekel that his term of office has expired. “The simultaneous voting in 40 villages will be held on October 31, 2021. It has been approved by the Regent, but there is no decree yet,” he concluded. (BTN/bud)