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Jakarta Post

Court election plagued with money politics

  • Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 7 2012   /  10:28 am

Long considered as a bastion in the country’s judicial system, the Supreme Court (MA) these days is plagued with money politics ahead of the selection of its chief justice, which is set for Wednesday.

Rumors about vote-buying practices have circulated as 54 justices prepare to elect a new chief justice to replace Harifin A. Tumpa, who will retire in March. Some media sources have even estimated that the cost of one vote could be as high as Rp 5 billion (US$555,555).

The rumors have prompted the Judicial Commission, judicial watchdogs and legal associations to scrutinize the selection process to ensure the right person heads up the Supreme Court.

They also demanded the selection on Wednesday be transparent to ensure fairness.

Judicial Commission member Suparman Marzuki said he heard the rumors from the media. He said he planned to check the information with a...