Jakarta: United Development Party (PPP) secretary general Arsul Sani has claimed that ex-PPP chairman Muhammad "Romi" Romahurmuziy's bribery case doesn't affect the party's electability.
"Our electability is still around 3.4 percent. We can still smile," Arsul told the press on Tuesday.
On March 15, KPK investigators arrested Romi during a sting operation in the East Java city of Surabaya. Along with Gresik Religious Affairs Agency head Muafaq Wirahadi and East Java Religious Affairs Agency head Haris Hasanuddin, the investigators named Romi as a suspect in an alleged bribery case.
According to KPK, Romi accepted bribes to get Muafaq and Haris high-ranking jobs at the Religious Affairs Ministry. In a handwritten letter distributed to the press, Romi claimed that someone framed him.
As the recepient of the bribes, Romi will be charged of violating Article 12 a or Article 12 b or Article 11 of Law No. 31/1999 on Corruption Crime Eradication as amended by Law No.20/2001 juncto Article 55 (1) of the Criminal Code (KUHP).
As the bribers, Muafaq and Haris will be charged with Article 5 (1) b or (1) b or Article 13 of Law No. 31/1999 on Corruption Crime Eradication as amended by Law No. 20/2001.
PPP is one of the largest political parties in Indonesia. It is a dominant party in a number of regions in the country.
Indonesia will hold its first ever simultaneous general and presidential elections on April 17. Voters will elect the president, vice president as well as members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
According to the official data, as many as 192 million people will be eligible to vote this year. In addition to that, around 800 thousand polling stations will be opened on the voting day.
In the 2009 general elections, the participation rate stood at 71 percent. Five years later, the participation rate rose to 74 percent.