LDP presidential election without a street speech meeting to prevent the spread of Corona Virus infection

LDP presidential election does not conduct street speech meeting to prevent the spread of Corona Virus infection September 4 at 1:01 p.m.

In the run-up to the LDP presidential election to choose Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s successor, the party’s presidential election board decided not to hold a street speech meeting held in various parts of the country during the election period this time to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
At a meeting held on April 4, the LDP’s presidential election board decided to hold a joint press conference with a standing speech by candidates at the party headquarters in the afternoon after accepting a candidacy from 10:00 a.m. on the date of the announcement on the 8th of this month.

In addition, a debate will be held on the 9th of the following day hosted by the party’s Youth and Women’s Bureaus, and on the 12th, candidates will participate in a debate organized by the Japan Press Club.

On the other hand, in order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, such speeches and debates will be relayed over the Internet, limiting the number of people entering the venue.

In previous president’s elections, we have held street speeches in various places during the election period, but this time we decided not to hold them.

According to the party, it is extremely unusual not to have a street speech meeting in the president’s election.

Former Self-Governing Minister Atsushi Noda, who serves as election management chairman, told reporters, “This time it’s Corona, so we want to make the most of the remote format.”

Regarding the primaries that are encouraging prefectural governments across the country to conduct the election, Mr. Noda said, “I have heard that it will be held in most prefectures.”

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At a press conference after the Cabinet meeting, Mr. Takeda said, “Isn’t it important for open discussions to be held and decided when it is the election of the president of a national political party and is firmly open to the people?”