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Jakarta Post

When legal system, infrastructure remain toothless amid election graft

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, April 15 2019   /  01:39 am

The nation is to soon undertake the fourth edition of the direct presidential election, along with legislative elections, this year. Yet, corruption — i.e. receiving, asking for, or offering gratification to induce a person to do a favor with a corrupt intent — in elections remains a serious problem that is hard to resolve. The Jakarta Post’s Kharishar Kahfi, Liza Yosephine and Imanuddin Razak take a close look into the systemically chronic issue.The arrest of then-United Development Party (PPP) chairman Muhammad “Romy” Romahurmuziy on March 15, just a few weeks before the elections, has surprised many. The PPP is part of a coalition of political parties supporting incumbent President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who is seeking reelection. Romy himself had been tipped as a close confidant to Jokowi, having accompanied the President in many campaign sessions and events across the c...