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Jakarta Post

Dems say candidates treated unfairly in lead-up to elections

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, January 4, 2018   /   05:06 pm
Dems say candidates treated unfairly in lead-up to elections Emergency talks: Democratic Party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (center) talks with the party's ethics council chairman Amir Syamsudin (left) and party secretary-general Hinca Panjaitan during a meeting at the party's headquarters in Jakarta on Jan. 3. (Antara/Galih Pradipta)

The Democratic Party called a meeting on Wednesday led by party chairman Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to discuss matters concerning the party’s contenders in regional elections.

“There has been arbitrary and unfair treatment of [the Democratic Party] and its cadres who have or will contest elections,” Democratic Party secretary-general Hinca Panjaitan said.

He mentioned as an example Sylviana Murni, who was backed by the Democratic Party to be the running mate of Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, who ran for Jakarta governor last year.

Sylviana was questioned regarding a graft case just before the election.

Hinca said in the latest incident, which prompted the party to hold the meeting, Syaharie Jaang and Rizal Effendi, a candidate pair supported by the Democratic Party in the 2018 North Kalimantan gubernatorial election, had been summoned by the police in connection with a different graft case.

Hinca said the summons was sent after Syaharie declined an offer by a political party to be the running mate of North Kalimantan Police chief Insp. Gen. Safaruddin in a regional election.

“This is unfair treatment. Pak Syaharie was asked several times to pair with [Safaruddin] and it was implied that if he rejected the offer, there could be a legal case against him.”

A couple of days later, Syaharie and Rizal were summoned by the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department for questioning. “This can be regarded as intervention by law enforcers,” Hinca said. (nmn/ebf)