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Hundreds of candidates fail to submit wealth reports

  • Fachrul Sidiq

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, April 10, 2019   /  06:48 am
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Chairman of the General Elections Commission (KPU) Arief Budiman (left) speaks in a press conference on legislators' wealth reports (LHKPN) in a press conference on Monday, along with the deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Saut Situmorang (center) and KPU commissioner Ida Novida Ginting Manik.(Antara/Sigid Kurniawan)

For anyone running for election, image is surely key. In posters plastered on streets throughout the country, many candidates try to portray themselves as corruption-free and people who uphold the law. But for many of the candidates who are seeking reelection, the image they try to represent is often not entirely in accordance with their actions. Just over a week ahead of polling day on April 17, a large number of legislative candidates at the national and regional level have not yet submitted wealth reports. Submitting the report, known as an LHKPN, to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) is mandatory for all high-ranking state officials before, during and after their terms in office, as stipulated by the 1999 Good Governance and Freedom from Corruption, Collusion and Nepotism Law, and the 2002 KPK Law. As of Monday, 12,681 out of 18,353 legislators from the People&rsquo...