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Jakarta Post

2018 election candidates in KPK’s crosshairs

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 6, 2018   /   06:26 pm
2018 election candidates in KPK’s crosshairs Leading the fight: Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo speaks to journalists in Jakarta on Feb.28 on the commission's move to name two new e-ID graft case suspects. (Antara/Puspa Perwitasari)

Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) chairman Agus Rahardjo says his side is paying close attention to a number of candidates participating in the 2018 simultaneous regional elections on account of graft accusations.

“There is strong indication that several candidates participating in the upcoming regional elections have been involved in corruption,” he said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Agus said among candidates the KPK was focusing on were seeking reelection or higher positions.  He, however, refused to disclose further information about the candidates.  “We are silently monitoring lots of places, not only in Java,” he said.

As of Tuesday, the KPK had arrested five regional election candidates for their alleged involvement in graft. Southeast Sulawesi gubernatorial candidate Asrun was the latest candidate arrested by the antigraft body on March 1.

The KPK  arrested the former Kendari mayor along with his son Adriatma Dwi Putra, who serves as the current Kendari mayor, for allegedly accepting Rp 2.8 billion (US$203,280) in bribes. (ebf)