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Jakarta Post

PBB, PKPI ineligible for 2019 elections: KPU

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 17, 2018   /   03:28 pm
PBB, PKPI ineligible for 2019 elections: KPU A General Elections Commission (KPU) mascot for the 2018 regional elections named Coklit stands in front of the KPU building in Jakarta on Thursday, Jan. 18. The mascot is being used to raise awareness about a KPU campaign to verify and update voter data. The campaign will be launched on Jan. 20 in 381 regencies and municipalities and 31 provinces. JP/Rifky Dewandaru (JP/Rifky Dewandaru)

The General Elections Commission (KPU) on Saturday declared the Crescent Star Party (PBB) and the Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI) ineligible for the 2019 General Election.

At a plenary meeting on Saturday in Central Jakarta, the KPU announced that the PBB failed to fulfil the requirement to meet a  minimum 75 percent of office representation in South Manokwari Regency, West Papua, while the PKPI failed to have offices that cover 75 percent of areas in West Java and Central Java.

Both parties said they would appeal against the decision to the Elections Supervisory Agency.

The PBB's General Secretary Afriansyah Noor cited religion as one of the biggest challenges the Muslim party had faced in predominantly Christian South Manokwari.  

“We actually have eight representatives in a rural area in South Manokwari, but they failed to attend the regional verification assessment. That’s why they were not identified by the regional KPU,” he said.

Ashari Ali Agus, PKPI head of legislator empowerment, said he believed there was a misunderstanding between the party and the Commission.

“We came here and were assured that there was nothing wrong. We are going to further investigate this matter,” he said. (gis/swd)


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