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Regent-elect denied office after dual citizenship revelation

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Poll prep: Workers from the Depok office of the General Elections Commission (KPU) stack ballot boxes at a warehouse in Cimanggis district, Depok, West Java, on Nov. 25, 2020, ahead of regional elections held on Dec. 9, 2020.(JP/P.J. Leo)
Marchio Irfan Gorbiano
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Jakarta   ●   Sun, April 18, 2021

People in Sabu Raijua, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) will have to revote for a regent sometime in the next two months after the Constitutional Court last week annulled the victory of regent-elect Orient Riwu Kore, who was found to hold a foreign passport.

Initially drawing little attention from observers and the media, the election in Sabu Raijua became a nationwide sensation in February after the local Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) revealed to the public that Orient had in fact both an Indonesian and a United States passport.

NTT-born Orient and his running mate Thobias Uly won 48 percent of the vote in a three-horse race in December 2020 -- beating the 30 and 21 percent the two other pairs netted. But Orient had failed to declare his possession of a US passport, which should have made him ineligible to run in the election. This has also put the General Electi...

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