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‘Millennial’ party faces charges over alleged campaign violation

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, May 18, 2018   /   03:34 pm
‘Millennial’ party faces charges over alleged campaign violation  In high spirits: Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) chairwoman Grace Natalie (right) and party member Giring Ganesha gesture during the announcement of the PSI legislative candidates at the party's headquarters in Jakarta on Dec.17, 2017. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A.)

The Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) is facing criminal charges for allegedly breaking campaign regulations after placing an advertisement in a national newspaper. 

The Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) said in a statement on Thursday that the party’s secretary general, Raja Juli Antoni, and his deputy, Chandra Wiguna, violated Article 491 of the 2017 Election Law on campaign violations.

 “Bawaslu’s findings have been submitted to the National Police,” it said.

The party, it said, had placed an advertisement in the Jawa Pos newspaper on April 23. The advertisement called on the public to help choose the running mate for its presidential candidate, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

It also shows the President’s picture and the party’s logo. 

The party has denied Bawaslu’s allegation, saying that the advertisement did not feature the party’s platforms and did not ask the public to vote for PSI.

“As a new party, we feel like we’re being targeted,” Raja Juli said in a statement.

The PSI, which is led by political novices, claims to be the party of millennials, a demographic that will make up a large voting bloc in 2019. (ahw)