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Candidates desperately seek funding to win legislative seats

  • Irawaty Wardany

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Thu, March 12 2009   /  09:41 am

The arrest of House of Representatives lawmaker Abdul Hadi Djamal for accepting a “bribe” to finance his election campaign has highlighted the lack of supervision of fund-raising activities. Teten Masduki from Transparency International Indonesia said corruption in campaign activities begins as early as the selection process for legislative candidates, who have to pay for their nomination. “Financial pressure is felt more by the candidates now, because apart from financing their own campaigns they have to buy party approval for their candidacy,” he said. The Constitutional Court ruling which introduced the open election system, where the candidate with the most votes wins the seat, has exacerbated the situation as the onus has been shifted onto individual candidates to garner support for their election campaigns.    Teten said many candidates have gone do...