JAKARTA, BALPOST.com – The public is urged to remain vigilant against the possible spread of hoaxes in the digital space during the quiet period before the 2024 Simultaneous General Election (Pemilu). This invitation was given by the Minister of Communication and Information (Menkominfo) Budi Aryeh Setiadi.
“We urge Indonesians to stay away from hoaxes and avoid them, we want and hope that this election will be successful without hoaxes,” Budi said during a visit to the Perum LKBN Antara office in Pasar Baru, Central Jakarta, as quoted by Antara News Agency , Monday (12/2).
In addition, Budi also reminded the public to avoid content that smacks of hate and contains defamation related to the atmosphere of the 2024 election, in order to maintain a favorable situation both in the digital space and in the real world.
The quiet period during the 2024 election is governed by General Election Commission (PKPU) Regulation No. 15 of 2023 on general election campaigns, which runs from Sunday (November 2) to Tuesday (February 13).
During the quiet period of election campaigning, both in real and digital space, election participants and mass media are prohibited.
In addition to the ban on election campaigning, both contestants and the media are prohibited from broadcasting news, advertisements, profiles, or other forms that may lead to campaign interests, whether beneficial or harmful to election participants.
We hope that by holding the 2024 election quiet period, the public will be able to make decisions about how to more clearly exercise their right to vote during the quiet period.
“Let’s build this together and make the 2024 election an election that can bring together the full potential of the nation’s children,” Budi said.
Earlier, on Sunday (11/2), the election watchdog (Bawaslu) also reminded election participants not to campaign during the quiet period, particularly on social media (medsos).
Bawaslu Member for Indonesia Lolly Suhenti emphasized that his party is deploying cyber patrols to actively monitor the accounts of election participants and their personal accounts.
He explained that the cyber patrol is aimed at ensuring that there is no propaganda activity in registered social networks.
“Furthermore, to ensure that social media accounts belonging to personal accounts do not comply with elements that should not be carried out, such as incitement, defamation, harassing people against each other because there is an ITE Act that applies and it’s Bawaslu’s authority to look into other violations of the law, Lolly said. (Kmb/Balipost)