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Jakarta Post

KPU seeks rapid appointment of new commissioner

  • Kharishar Kahfi
    Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 17, 2020   /  10:06 am
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Suspended General Elections Commission commissioner Wahyu Setiawan (center) is accused of asking for Rp 900 million (US$65,948) in bribes from Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle politician Harun Masiku. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The country’s election agency is hoping a new commissioner will be chosen soon to replace Wahyu Setiawan, who was arrested by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in an alleged bribery case pertaining to the replacement of a deceased election candidate. The General Elections Commission (KPU) has made the process a priority following a ruling made by the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP) that found Wahyu had violated its code of ethics, which led to a recommendation to dismiss him from his position. KPU chairman Arief Budiman said on Wednesday that he had sent a letter to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo regarding Wahyu’s arrest, as the law stipulates that the President is responsible for appointing and dismissing KPU commissioners. The KPK arrested Wahyu last week for allegedly asking for a bribe of Rp 900 million (US$65,948) in exchange fo...