Jakarta (ANTARA) - The General Elections Commission (KPU) is encouraging regional governments to conduct basic health checks for officers of the Voting Organizing Team (KPPS) of the 2024 General Elections.

"(We) encourage regional governments to support basic health checks for them in community health centers (puskesmas) or other health services," KPU member Betty Epsilon Idroos told ANTARA here on Friday.

This step is encouraged to prevent recurrence of the incident in the 2019 General Elections during which 894 officers died and 5,175 officers fell sick.

Idroos said that if officers experienced fatigue during voting, they could be replaced with other officers, as seven officers would be readied at each polling station.

"Even if someone is temporarily unavailable, they can be replaced with another," she stated.

Technically, KPPS officers will not copy as many forms as the witnesses and the Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) officers.

They simply need to copy one original form and photocopy it with the original signature and wet stamp.

To this end, for the recruitment of KPPS officers, only those aged 17 to 55 years can register. People, who seek to register, are also required to be physically and mentally capable and drug-free.

Earlier, the KPU announced that it would recruit 5,741,127 KPPS officers for the 2024 General Elections. They will be spread across 820,161 polling stations, with each polling station manned by seven officers.

Meanwhile, for the KPPS abroad, the KPU will recruit 12,765 Indonesian citizens as KPPS officers in 128 countries.

Around 204.8 million Indonesians will elect a president and vice president in next year's elections, scheduled for February 14.

In addition, they will choose members of the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representative Council (DPD), and Regional Legislative Councils (DPRD) at the province, city, and district levels.

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