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PDI-P politician named graft suspect, wins election in same week

  • Asip A. Hasani

    The Jakarta Post

Tulungagung, East Java   /   Fri, May 17, 2019   /   09:31 pm
PDI-P politician named graft suspect, wins election in same week Tulungagung Legislative Councilor speaker Supriyono (right) shakes hands with former Tulungagung regent Syahri Mulyo. (Tribun Madura/David Yohanes)

The speaker of Tulungagung Legislative Council (DPRD) in East Java, Supriyono, who has been named a suspect by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in a graft case, garnered the most votes in last month’s election.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) in Tulungagung announced the vote count results in the regency, showing that Supriyono got 10,192 votes.

“That’s the highest number of votes for Tulungagung Legislative Council,” Tulungagung KPU head, Mustofa, told The Jakarta Post on Friday.

Earlier this week, the KPK announced that Supriyono, the head of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) branch in Tulungagung, was named a suspect in a bribery case relating to passing the bylaw on the regional budget from 2015 to 2019. The KPK accused him of accepting Rp 4.88 billion (US$337,479) in kickbacks to speed up the budget deliberation.

The case also implicated former regent Syahri Mulyo, who was sentenced to 10 years in jail for graft. The deputy regent, Maryoto Birowo, who has been the acting regent, was also questioned by the KPK as a witness in the same case.

The second-highest number of votes went to Sunarko from the PDI-P with 9,833 while Abdulah Ali Munib from the National Awakening Party (PKB) came in third-highest with 8,728 votes.

Secretary of Tulungagung PDI-P, Bondan Djumani, said it would provide legal assistance for Supriyono. Bondan said Supriyono’s leadership had helped the PDI-P to increase its tally of seats to 13 from 12. There are 50 seats in Tulungagung DPRD. (evi)