The Jakarta Post
Hanura Party chairman Oesman Sapta Odang has filed a report with the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) against the General Elections Commission (KPU) for alleged election violations when it refused to deemed him eligible to run for a seat on the Regional Representatives Council (DPD).
“We filed the report on Dec. 18,” Oesman’s lawyer Gugum Ridho Putra said on Thursday.
The report follows the KPU’s move to defy a Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) ruling that allows Oesman to run as a DPD candidate in the legislative election in 2019 while maintaining his position at Hanura.
“The PTUN has ruled that Oesman does not need to resign from the party’s membership. Why should the KPU force him to resign?” Gugum said.
The tension between Oesman and the KPU started when the commission removed the businessman-turned-politician from the provisional legislative candidacy list in September because Oesman insisted on maintaining his party leadership.
The KPU previously issued a regulation (PKPU) stipulating that political party officials must resign from their parties to be entitled to run in the DPD election — which is in line with a Constitutional Court ruling issued in July to ban party officials from running as DPD candidates.
Yet, on Thursday, the KPU insisted on following the Constitutional Court ruling, pushing Oesman to tender his resignation from Hanura by Friday to be listed as a candidate.
“We’ll see [whether or not he will resign] by Friday,” KPU chairman Arief Budiman said. (ipa)