Jokowi respects KPU's policy to ban graft convicts for 2019 election
Marguerite Afra Sapiie
The Jakarta Post
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo honors the General Elections Commission's (KPU) decision to issue a regulation banning graft convicts from running in next year's legislative election, a State Palace official has said.
Presidential expert staff and spokesperson Adita Irawati said Jokowi "respected" the KPU as an independent body in its policy to prohibit graft-tainted lawmaker candidates as stipulated in the commission's recently issued guidelines for the nomination stage of the 2019 legislative elections.
"Those who are not satisfied with the KPU's decision may take legal action in accordance with prevailing laws," Adita said on Monday.
As reported earlier, the Law and Human Rights Ministry and the House of Representatives objected the KPU's plan to ban candidates implicated in graft cases. Despite their opposition, the KPU issued on Saturday a regulation, which stipulates that prospective legislative nominees “must not have been previously convicted in drug, child sexual assault or corruption cases".
The regulation was signed by KPU head Arief Budiman only four days before the KPU opens registration for legislative election candidates on July 4. (ebf)
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