Election Campaign Triggers Inflation in Bali


Political campaigns ahead of the Legislative General Election on April 9, 2014 triggered inflation in Bali province reaching 0.29 percent in March 2014.

“However how much contribution given by stages of the election to inflation has not been calculated in detail, because it will be calculated after the next presidential election,” said Head of the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) of Bali Province, Panusunan Siregar, in Denpasar, on Tuesday.

According to him, the role of the legislative election to inflation has been shown from the increase in the prices of goods, processed food index and rice.

Although there is a slight increase in price, balanced with the smooth distribution of those commodities, it is expected that its contribution to inflation is not too big.

Panusunan Siregar claimed to have provided input to the Governor of Bali, Made Mangku Pastika, in an effort to suppress the inflation rate in Bali, especially in June, July and August 2014.

The effort can be done by involving all work units (SKPD) in preparing primary needs, rice, vegetables, onions and chilies so that its planting is started from now.

“Although the basic needs must be coming from Java, its distribution must be secured well, among others by facilitating at the entrance at Gilimanuk Port,” said Panusunan Siregar.

Inflation in Bali in three-month period from January to March 2014 reached 1.86 percent. This number is quite high that is expected to be controlled in upcoming months, especially on the Eid.

The inflation especially in Denpasar on March 2014 recorded 0.32 percent, while in Singaraja is 0.17 percent that is almost parallel to inflation in Jakarta at 0.19 percent, Surabaya 0.23 percent, Mataram 0.39 percent and Banyuwangi 0.20 percent.

Six groups of expenditure that has been triggering inflation in Denpasar city include health group 1.31 percent, food materials 0.58 percent and transportation, communication and financial services 0.51 percent.

In addition, the group of housing, water, electricity, gas and fuel 0.09 percent, education, recreation and sports 0.08 percent and processed foods, beverages, cigarettes and tobacco 0.06 percent.

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One Response to “Election Campaign Triggers Inflation in Bali”

  1. Tommy Long Says:

    I hope this works out.