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Jakarta Post

Bawaslu seeks greater authority as election fraud cases remain unresolved

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 10, 2019   /  10:45 am
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Vehicles pass in front of the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) building on Jl. MH Thamrin, Central Jakarta. (The Jakarta Post/Wendra Ajistyatama )

The Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) is seeking greater power that would include the authority to open investigations into alleged election fraud amid its limited capacity to crack down on irregularities and violations during the 2019 general election. The greater power, which would give the agency the authority to investigate the criminal aspects of election fraud and violations, would be included in the revision of Law No. 7/2017 on general elections. Currently, the law states that the agency can only report such fraud to the Integrated Law Enforcement Team and cannot recommend sanctions to the court. Bawaslu chairman Abhan said the proposed rule would allow the agency to replace the enforcement team as the sole establishment dealing with all criminal aspects of elections. Therefore, in practice, the agency would employ its own investigators and prosecutors that could re...