How Do You Know the Public Ex Corruptor?

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The Supreme Court (MA) has already knocked the hammer that ex-prisoners (prisoners) of corruption may be candidates. The KPU's attempt to prevent the entry of former corruption prisoners into legislative candidates was threatened with failure.

Then, the question arises, how will the next effort be made so that the community does not choose candidates for former corruption prisoners. One option was offered by KPU, namely marking candidates on ballot papers with signs of former corruption prisoners.

The proposal was made by KPU Commissioner Pramono Ubaid Tanthowi. "It will be considered to be marked in the ballot papers (former corruption inmates who become legislative candidates). This is as proposed by Mr. Jusuf Kalla, which was once conveyed," Pramono said to reporters at the KPU Office, Menteng, Central Jakarta, Friday (9/14) night.

A number of political parties (political parties) respond to this discourse. "I fully support the proposal to mark the former corrupt prisoner candidates in the ballot. Corruption is a humanitarian crime that we must emerge in all ways," said Secretary General of the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) King Juli Antoni told reporters on Sunday (16/9).

Raja Juli also agreed that each TPS would announce the names of candidates for former corruption prisoners. Once again said King Juli, so that the public really knows the track record of their candidates in the legislature.

"We want our democracy to rise in class, not only procedural democracy that carries out five-year routines but also substantial democracy, which is democracy that gives birth to the best leadership for the people," he said.

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The option to specifically mark the name of the legislative candidate (candidate) of former corruption prisoners in the ballot appeared after the decision of the Supreme Court (MA) related to the results of the judicial review Article 4 paragraph 3 of KPU Regulation (PKPU) number 20 of 2018. In its decision, the Supreme Court revoked the rule that means allowing former corruption prisoners to advance as legislative candidates.

Meanwhile, Deputy Chairperson of the Gerindra Party Fadli Zon invited the KPU to adopt a proposal to mark legislative candidates from former corruption inmates, sexual crimes against children and drug dealers in ballots. But Fadli asserted that the regulation did not violate the law.

"Please just make the rules. We will work according to the rules. Later we will see, as long as it does not violate the law or the provisions regulated by our constitution," said Fadli at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Monday (17/9).

Fadli considered that part was reminding the public that legislative candidates had been involved in criminal acts, especially drug dealers. "I think that drugs are more dangerous, especially those whose numbers are quite large. It kills generations. This certainly must exist," said Fadli.

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However, Fadli reminded all parties not to obstruct the rights of legislative candidates who are former corruption prisoners. Because, the former corrupt prisoners have already served the sentence for the crime.

 "Yes, we have to prevent it, we fully support that spirit, but if possible this is outlined in the Act so that the rules are clear. If the law says it is not certain we will follow the word Act," he said.

While related to the proposal that the KPU announce candidates coming from former corruption inmates, Fadli considered it best to follow the legislative framework.

"We must respect the framework of the law. Until today there is no one," said Fadli.

Whereas Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) encourages the KPU to provide the most complete data to the public regarding legislative candidates who have ever stumbled on corruption cases. This is done to help people identify candidates who have a clean track record.

"What we are still waiting for is the publication of the curriculum vitae (CV) of the candidates themselves," said Almas, in the Menteng area, Central Jakarta, Saturday (9/15).

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