KPU: Court Allows Ex-Narcotic Convict as Legislative Candidate

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  • Hasyim Ashari, when inducted into the National Election Commission period 2012-2017 in State palace, Jakarta, Aug. 29, 2016. TEMPO/Subekti

    Hasyim Ashari, when inducted into the National Election Commission period 2012-2017 in State palace, Jakarta, Aug. 29, 2016. TEMPO/Subekti

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - General Election Commission (KPU) commissioner Hasyim Asyari said the Supreme Court granted a lawsuit against KPU Regulation (PKPU) No. 20/2018. This means that former convicts of drug crimes and children sexual abuse were allowed to become legislative candidates.

    “The three categories are noted in one regulation; so if the regulation is dismissed, then all the three categories will be passed,” said Hasyim in the KPU Office, Jakarta, Tuesday, September 18.

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    The Supreme Court (MA) granted a legal challenge against PKPU No. 20/2018 which stipulates a prohibition of former convicts of drug crimes, children sexual abuse, and corruption crimes to become legislative candidates.

    However, Hasyim went on to say, KPU would not carelessly put a candidate who was a former convict in the Final Legislative Candidate List (DCT). According to him, KPU would enter the candidate names who were already placed in the illegible list (TMS) and those who filed an appeal to the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu).

    KPU will review [the candidates] based on Bawaslu’s decision that is postponed due to MA’s verdict,” Hasyim said. 

    SYAFIUL HADI