Jakarta: Head of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Agus Rahardjo regretted that ex-corruptors could become regional head candidates in the 2020 local elections. Ex-corruptors should not have been given access to become regional heads.
"We know what kind of mentality they have, why are they still letting them? They shouldn't," Agus said at the KPK Office, Jakarta on Monday, December 9, 2019.
Agus alluded to the attitude of the General Election Commission (KPU) which had the chance to ban ex-corruptors from advancing in the election. According to him, combating corruption must be consistent.
"So for the next candidacy they should be banned. The rules should be consistent," he said.
KPU cancelled the regulation prohibiting former corruptors from becoming regional head candidates. The prohibition only applies to former drug dealers and child sexual offenses.
This was stated in KPU Regulation Number 18 of 2019 concerning the Second Amendment to KPU Regulation Number 3 of 2017 concerning the Nomination of the Election of the Governor and Deputy Governor, Regent and Deputy Regent, and / or Mayor and Deputy Mayor. PKPU is set on 2 December 2019.
House of Representatives (DPR) Commission II member Arwani Thomafi tolerated the KPU's decision to allow ex-corruptors to take part in the 2020 regional elections. Former corruptors is still considered to have the chance to lead a region.
"We see it from a humane standpoint. People who have gone through a sentence have returned to society just like all of us," said Arwani in Jakarta on Saturday, December 7, 2019.
According to him, ex-corruptors have political rights. Political parties also have the right to decide whether to promote the former corruptor to become a regional head candidate or not.
The Deputy Chairperson of the United Development Party (PPP) asked the public not to always be prejudiced if the former corruptor will repeat his mistake. The reason is, the fate of the candidates is also in the hands of the public.
"We return it to the community, whether to choose them or not," he explained.