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JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia General Election Commission determined 38 former graft convicts as definitive candidates for legislative member, said the agency on Thursday (21/09). All of the candidates register for Regional Legislative Councils.

The decision has been made after Indonesia’ Supreme Court annulled the GEC regulation that banned  former graft convicts, drug dealers, perpetrators of sexual abuse against children to register as parliament member.

“GEC has send (note) to provincial and regency level of GEC to implement Supreme Court rule on graft convicts candidates, ” said the commissioner Ilham Putra at his office in Jakarta.

He added, that the 38 candidates for legislative body are those who file lawsuit to Election Supervisory Body and have been qualified by the GEC. While those who did not file lawsuit have been eliminated by GEC from final list of candidates.

Indonesia Supreme Court has annulled article 4, verse 3, article 7 letter g of the GEC rule on the ban of former graft convicts, drug dealers, perpetrators of sexual abuse against children to be legislative candidates in 2019 Election.

According to the spokesman Suhadi, the decision has been made on Sept. 13 based on the Supreme Court’ ruling former graft convicts are allowed to be candidates for members of House of Representative and Regional Legislative Council.

The presiding judges adjudicate the petiton consist of three justice from State administrative chamber namely Irfan Fachrudin, Yodi Martono, and Supandi.

According to Supandi, the second content of the GEC regulation is in contradiction with Constitutional Court ‘s ruling Number 71/PUU-XIV/2016 that allows former graft convicts to be candidate for legislative body as long as they announce that they are former graft convicts.

The 12 petioners of the GEC regulation  review  are among others  Muhammad Taufik, Djekmon Ambisi, Wa Ode Nurhayati, Jumanto, Masyhur Masie Abunawas, Abdulgani AUP, Usman Effendi,
dan Ririn Rosiana.

They demanded Supreme Court to examine article 4 verse 3, article 7 letter g of GEC Regulation Number 20 Year 2018 and article 60 letter j of GEC Regulation Number 26 Year 2018 that they considered  as in contradiction with article 240 verse 1 letter g of General election Law.

Based on the GEC data, only three political parties namely Solidaritas Indonesia party, Kebangkitan Bangsa Party and Persatuan Pembangunan party that did not propose ex-graft convicts as candidates for legislative body, while the other 13 parties have former graft convicts as candidates
for parliament seats.

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