REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- General Election Commission (KPU) felt optimistic that Supreme Court will abort lawsuit related to the commission regulation (PKPU) No. 20/2018 which contains ban to former corruption convicts to contest in legislative elections. Previously, a number of people proposed the lawsuit.
KPU Chairman Arief Budiman said the optimism grew because PKPU was not contrary to existing legislation. "It's good for us to present good political candidate for the people,” said Arief on Tuesday (July 17).
According to Arief, KPU also considered to announce prospective candidates who have submitted themselves and have corrupt backgrounds. Previously, Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) also welcomed PKPU and will help KPU by providing list of corruptor names.
Ministry of Law and Human Rights has finally promulgated PKPU in early this month, after refusing it for a while. However, KPU needed to change a number of things in the regulation. The change is targeting the ban that contained in Article 7 paragraph 1 letter h Chapter II Part 4 on the Announcement and Procedure for Prospective Proposals.
The rule originally mentioned that 'legislative candidates are not former narcotics, sexual offense against child, or corruption convicts'. Meanwhile, in regulation No. 20/2018 that has been promulgated, the ban is set in Article 4 Paragraph 3 Chapter II Part One about General.
The clause of the article is: "In the selection of prospective candidates in a democratic and open manner as referred to in paragraph (2), (political parties) do not include ex-convicted drug dealers, sexual crimes against children, and corruption."
KPU commissioner Wahyu Setiawan then said there is no substantial difference in PKPU that has been promulgated. He said in essence, the regulation still does not allow political parties to register former corruption convicts as legislative candidates.
"If there is violation, KPU has authority of execution since registration stages," said Wahyu.