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Jakarta Post

Presidential, VP hopefuls can be replaced if unfit: KPU

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 14, 2018   /   08:16 am
Presidential, VP hopefuls can be replaced if unfit: KPU President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo (left) and his running mate for the 2019 presidential election, Ma’ruf Amin, show their arms after undergoing a medical check-up at Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in Central Jakarta on Sunday. (Antara/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Undergoing a medical examination does not mean that presidential and vice presidential hopefuls will automatically move forward as candidates in the upcoming elections, says the General Elections Commission (KPU).

Commissioner Wahyu Setiawan said presidential hopefuls could be replaced if they did not pass the tests.

“If they are declared unfit, the KPU will ask political parties to put forward other names to replace them,” he said as quoted by

Wahyu added that only the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) and Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) team, who were appointed to administer the physical and mental tests, had the authority to declare whether all hopefuls passed the examinations.

KPU chief Arief Budiman said the medical team would submit the test result tests on Monday night.

The KPU will announce the result to the public along with the hopefuls’ file verification status, which was submitted on the day of the registration.

Presidential hopefuls Prabowo Subianto and his running mate, outgoing Jakarta Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno, arrived at the RSPAD in Central Jakarta on Monday morning to undergo the examination as part of the requirements to register as a presidential candidate for the 2019 election. Meanwhile, their opponents, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Ma’ruf Amin, had undertaken the test on Sunday.

Both started their examinations at 8 a.m. and it was estimated to have taken about 12 hours. The exams included a series of neurological and cardiology tests, as well as psychiatric examinations.  (ris)