The Jakarta Post
Gerindra Party Jakarta executive board (DPD) chairman M. Taufik is confident that he will be nominated to fill the Jakarta deputy governor seat left empty by Sandiaga Uno, despite the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) having nominated two of its members for the same seat.
“Gerindra DPD [will nominate] me, Gerindra's central board God willing will nominate me too,” Taufik said on Wednesday, kompas.com reported.
He said the nominees for the deputy governor seat must be approved of by coalition parties’ Jakarta regional boards, adding that there had not been any deal between Gerindra and the PKS on the two nominees that the latter proposed.
“I personally haven’t signed anything,” Taufik said.
He said he had received support from his party's members in Jakarta and planned to invite Gerindra branch executive boards (DPC) to Jakarta to reach a decision together.
“I want to expand the party leaders meeting. On Friday, I will invite all DPCs, [as part of] the Gerindra Party’s decision-making process,” Taufik said.
Taufik is now deputy speaker of the Jakarta Council.
In 2004, Taufik was found guilty of corruption when he was head of the Jakarta General Elections Commission in a case involving the procurement of election materials. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison for causing state losses of Rp 488 million (US$32,866).
Previously, the PKS announced the nomination of Ahmad Syaikhu and Agung Yulianto for the deputy governor seat.
PKS chairman Sohibul Iman said the party had told Gerindra chairman Prabowo Subianto about the nominations. (ami)