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Jakarta Post

As election draws near, NTT governor candidate named bribery suspect

  • Kharishar Kahfi and Djemi Amnifu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 13 2018   /  01:19 am

Three candidates who had placed their bids for the coming East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) gubernatorial election were waiting eagerly for the election commission to announce those eligible to run in the race on Monday in Kupang.

But one candidate, Marianus Sae, current Ngada regent and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) member, was not seen anywhere during the announcement by the NTT General Elections Commission (KPUD).

Marianus has been in the custody of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) since Sunday morning following his arrest in a hotel in Surabaya, East Java.

On Monday, just hours before the candidate announcement, the antigraft body named the regent, who is serving his second term in office, along with businessman Wilhelmus Iwan Ulumbu, a suspect in an alleged bribery case pertaining to several construction projects across Ngada regency.