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Jakarta Post

Ex-HTI members may be blocked from running for office

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano


Jakarta   /   Thu, January 28 2021   /  01:00 am
Workers from the Depok General Elections Commission (KPU) stack ballot boxes at a warehouse in Cimanggis district, Depok, West Java, on Nov. 25, 2020.(JP/P.J. Leo)

The House of Representatives Commission II, which oversees home affairs, has proposed a draft regulation that would ban former members of the now-defunct Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) to run for elected office, in the latest move against the disbanded organization. The latest draft of the bill stipulates that former HTI members cannot run in any kind of electoral contest, either at the regional or national level, and all election candidates must formally present a letter from the police proving that they have no association with HTI or any other banned organization. The draft bill, which revises and codifies three prevailing election-related laws, also explicitly singles out the long-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) for the ban, further depriving its former members of the right to run for public office. The 2017 Elections Law prohibits former PKI members from running for...