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Jakarta Post

Scrambling, grumbling on candidacy submission

  • Prodita Sabarini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 9 2013   /  08:49 am

Parties are grumbling while scrambling to submit their legislative candidate lists to the General Elections Commission (KPU). Parties have from today until April 22 to submit candidate lists for the elections on April 9, 2014.

Understandably, parties are complaining about the KPU’s last minute changes in candidacy requirements. The commission only recently confirmed the rule on the female candidate quota, followed by the cancellation of its ban against candidates for local posts joining the race for national legislative seats.

“We had to change quickly to accommodate that,” Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) spokesperson Mardani Ali Sera said last week. The Crescent Star Party (PBB) and the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI) only received confirmation of their eligibility late last month.

The Democratic Party, the most successful in the last election, onl...