SBY swears in election ethics council members
Susilo Bambang Yuhoyono: (JP/Jerry Adiguna)
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono swore in the seven new members of the Election Organizer Ethics Council (DKPP) at the State Palace on Tuesday.
According to the 2011 Election Organizers Law, the DKPP should comprise a General Elections Commission (KPU) member, a Elections Monitoring Body (Bawaslu) member, three figures nominated by the House of Representatives (DPR), and two figures nominated by the government.
The seven new DKPP members include KPU commissioner Ida Budhiati and Bawaslu member Nelson Simanjuntak. The three members nominated by the House are Jimly Asshiddiqie (former Constitutional Court chief justice and state administrative law expert), Saut Hamonangan Sirait (former KPU member) and Nur Hidayat Sardini (former Bawaslu head). The government nominees are Abdul Bari Azed (former Law and Human Rights secretary general and state administrative expert) and Valina Singka Subekti (former KPU member).
They will serve from 2012 to 2017.
The DKPP is tasked with overseeing the nation’s election commissions and preventing any ethics violations.
Based on the nation’s experience in 2009, most election disputes, fraud allegations and conflicts — some of which remain unsettled — can be attributed to the poor performance of election oversight commissions.