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House to summon KPU, Bawaslu selection team before screening process

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 29, 2017   /   10:20 am
House to summon KPU, Bawaslu selection team before screening process Election talks: Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) chairman Muhammad (second right) and General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioners Arief Budiman (second left) and Sigit Pamungkas (left) attend a hearing at the House of Representatives in Jakarta on March 21. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

The House of Representatives is scheduled to summon the selection team of General Elections Commission (KPU) and Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) new commissioners to seek clarification regarding the screening process.

The meeting with 11 members of the selection team is scheduled to take place on Wednesday or Thursday, before House Commission II, which oversees home affairs, holds confirmation hearings for 14 candidates of KPU and Bawaslu commissioners.

Commission II member Rambe Kamarulzaman of the Golkar Party said the plan to hold a meeting with the selection team was agreed to by almost all factions.

“All factions have agreed that we need to seek clarification from the selection team. The commission wants to ask several things, including how they carried out the selection,” he said.

Several House members consider the 14 candidates unqualified to handle the 2019 general election.

National Mandate Party (PAN) lawmaker Yandri Susanto said the selection team did not approve people whom he considered qualified. “The result [of the selection process] was not as we expected and they [selected new commissioners] do not meet the qualifications needed for the 2019 election,” he said.

Although the 2011 Election Organizers Law stipulates that the KPU consist of seven commissioners while the Bawaslu has five commissioners, Commission II chairman Zainuddin Amali said lawmakers could approve fewer candidate commissioners than that number or even reject all candidates if they considered none of them qualified.

"We'll bring whatever the result of the selection process to the plenary session on April 6,” said the Golkar Party politician. (ebf)