Bawaslu, KPK Cooperate to Fight Transactional Politics

Wednesday, 11 OCtober 2017 , 18:00:00 WIB -

KPK Deputy Chairman Saut Situmorang (left), Bawaslu Chairman Abhan (second left), and Bawaslu Member Mochammad Afifuddin (second right), and Secretary General Gunawan Suswantoro are seen shaking hands after giving statements to journalists at KPK Headquarters, Jakarta, Tuesday (10/10). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – To prevent transactional politics in facing next year’s political year, the General Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) cooperates with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Chairman of Bawaslu, Abhan, said that Bawaslu pays more attention to transactional politics in the following years.

"Transactional politics issue is connected to the catch-in-the-act operation (OTT) against regional heads. Bawaslu takes part in the operation to look at the future of House member candidates," Abhan said at KPK Headquarters, Jalan Kuningan Persada, South Jakarta, Tuesday (10/10).

Bawaslu has three authorities, which consists of prevention, supervision, and prosecution on criminal violations in general elections (Pemilu). Bawaslu and KPK work together to focus on preventing the criminal violations in facing the third simultaneous regional elections (Pilkada) in 2018 in 171 regions, the national legislative election, and the simultaneous presidential election in 2019.

"In this context, we have the authority, which would be synergized with KPK related to the prevention process," Abhan said.

According to Abhan, the candidacy stage for the regional elections in upcoming February 2018 must be monitored. "First, how the campaign fund of Pemilu participants flow and about how to handle money/transactional politics," he said.

Bawaslu also claims that money politics can trigger corruption. Regarding the issue, there would be an early warning for political parties and candidates to be more careful in every process.

Besides that, some regions are vulnerable to money politics. Therefore, Bawaslu cooperates with KPK to suppress high-cost politics.

"One of the important points that Bawaslu want to deliver is the partnership with KPK in prevention effort, so Pilkada and Pemilu won’t be transactional, lessen the potential, and reduce high-cost politics," said a member of Bawaslu, Mochammad Afifuddin, at the same event.

KPK leader Saut Situmorang also attended the event and claimed that KPK is ready to work together with Bawaslu, particularly in prevention aspect. "We will assist them, we present for Bawaslu to make the democracy party less transactional," Saut Situmorang said.

Saut also told leaked a bit of the result of their previous discussion with Bawaslu. He told that they also cooperated with the integrated law enforcers (Gakkumdu), and placed KPK supervisors in polling stations (TPS).

"Besides that, we discussed a better prevention effort that we would do. Next, there will be one supervisor in each polling station. This is quite good if it can be capitalized," Saut said. However, KPK and Bawaslu haven’t discussed the idea further. (dtc/mag)