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Jakarta Post

Concerns raised over 2020 regional elections amid KPU graft case

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 12, 2020   /  01:40 pm
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A KPK investigator displays evidence of alleged bribery received by General Elections Commission commissioner Wahyu Setiawan to smoothen the way for Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Harun Masiku to fill in the seat left vacant by the death of Nazarudin Kiemas in March 2019.(JP/Seto Wardhana/JP/Seto Wardhana)

A recent graft case involving a top official of the General Elections Commission (KPU) has raised concerns over the upcoming simultaneous regional elections scheduled for September 2020.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) named on Thursday KPU commissioner Wahyu Setiawan as a bribery suspect, accusing him of demanding Rp 900 million (US$65,457) from Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Harun Masiku as the latter was seeking a seat in the House of Representatives. The money was allegedly given in exchange for influencing the KPU in choosing legislative candidate Harun Masiku as a replacement for Nazarudin Kiemas, whose seat became vacant after his death in March 2019, even though Harun garnered fewer votes than other party hopefuls in the April legislative election. The case has emerged just eight months before the simultaneous regi...