The Jakarta Post
The Karawang, West Java, branch of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) aims to punish legislative candidates who secure seats at Regional Legislative Councils (DPRDs) but fail to make donations to the party for expenses during campaigning ahead of the April 9 legislative election.
PDI-P Karawang branch head Karda Wiranata said the obligation to donate some money was in accordance with an instruction issued by the party's central executive board.
'On election day, there were still plenty of legislative candidates who had not yet donated funds to the party. We will punish those who do not make donations after the vote counting [is completed],' Karda was quoted as saying by Antara on Saturday.
Karda said the PDI-P would annul the wins by legislative candidates who failed to contribute campaign funding to the party.
According to the General Elections Commission (KPU), legislative candidates in Karawang regency contested 50 seats on the Karawang DPRD.
The commission is currently tallying the nationwide votes.
'Candidates are also forbidden to transfer votes earned by the party to the candidates. Thus, votes for the party will remain the party's votes; they cannot be transferred into votes for a candidate,' Karda said.
In the legislative election, voters were given the choice to vote for particular candidates or political parties. Votes made for a party are distributed to candidates listed on a party's permanent candidate list (DCT) in descending order. (put/nvn)