The Jakarta Post
The Golkar Party said it was grateful that graft suspect and party member Ahmad Hidayat Mus was leading the North Maluku gubernatorial election according to a quick count by the General Elections Commission (KPU).
Ahmad, along with his running mate Rivai Umar from the United Development Party (PPP), has secured an estimated 31 percent of the vote during Wednesday’s regional election, earning first place out of four pairs.
The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named Ahmad, a former regent of Sula Islands in North Maluku, a graft suspect in March. He is accused of being involved in a corruption case that cost the state up to Rp 3.4 billion (US$237,000).
As of election day, the KPK had named anothe eight candidates suspects: Ahmad, Jombang Mayor Nyono Suharli, Subang Regent Imas Aryumningsih, Southeast Sulawesi Governor Asrun, Malang Mayor Yaqud Ananda Gudban, Malang Deputy Mayor Mochamad Anton, Lampung Governor Mustafa, and Tulungagung Regent Syahri Mulyo.
The last suspect, Tulungagung Regent Syahri Mulyo, who the KPK suspects of accepting up to Rp 2.5 billion (US$170,000) in bribes, has a high chance of winning, with 60 percent of the vote. (nor/ahw)