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KPU again raises candidacy ban for ex-graft convicts in draft 2020 regulation

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, November 5, 2019   /  12:20 pm
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A man dips his finger in indelible ink after casting his ballot for the 2018 East Denpasar gubernatorial election in Bali.(JP/Anggara Mahendra)

The General Elections Commission (KPU) opened its first hearing with the newly installed House of Representatives with an old issue: whether former graft convicts should be allowed to run in an election, specifically the 2020 simultaneous regional elections (Pilkada). The KPU drafted a regulation in 2018 that included a ban on former graft convicts from running in the 2019 general election. The draft regulation led to a prolonged dispute with the previous batch of lawmakers, which criticized the elections body for overstepping its authority. Despite the lawmakers' vigorous objections, the KPU had persisted in issuing the regulation. It was eventually repealed by the Supreme Court in September 2018, after several former graft convicts filed a petition for judicial review. KPU chairman Arief Budiman said the commission decided to add a simila...