IMPLEMENTATION OF THE RIGHT-TO-VOTE POLICY IN THE 2020 JAMBI PROVINCIAL GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION (STUDY OF LAW NUMBER 7 OF 2017 CONCERNING GENERAL ELECTIONS)
This study examines the implementation of Law No. 7 of the 2017 policy in improving the voting rights of the public in the simultaneous regional elections of 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic in Jambi Province. The research utilized a qualitative method with data collection through observation, interviews, and documentation. The findings of the study show that the Edward III model theory and communication were used, and the data information followed health protocols in each phase. The KPU issued regulations, namely Commission Regulation No. 6, 10, and 13 of 2020, explaining the mechanisms for implementing simultaneous regional elections in 2020 with the use of health protocols in all stages of the elections. The necessary resources, staff, and human resources were well-prepared as they understood their responsibilities in each stage of the elections. The commitment of the organizers is shown by the increase in voter participation during the 2020 regional elections in Jambi province, despite the covid-19 pandemic. The voter participation rate increased from 66.85% in 2015 to 67.91 % in 2020. The KPU’s organizational structure in improving the public’s voting rights in line with SOP, which includes (a) direct socialization to the public by delivering information about the election, utilizing social media, banners, and other means, and (b) a democracy volunteer team from various communities, spreading the message in different regions, including the district and village level in Jambi Province.