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People's Voter Education Network (JPPR) researcher Masykuruddin Hafidz noted that some parties have failed to prepare and conduct internal verification processes on the documents necessary to register their bid.

"This is [regarding] the political parties' diligence on the administrative requirements of the candidates they are supporting. Attention to the requirements is sidelined and [checks are] done at the last minute," he said.

"Political parties need to make sure that all administrative requirements are met and verified, like the authenticity of [the candidates'] academic credentials, wealth report, tax report, medical records."

"Electability [of candidates] is important but what's the use if they are disqualified."

Masykuruddin was responding to the General Elections Commission (KPU) decision to reject the application of Surabaya mayoral hopefuls Rasiyo and Dhimam Abror, supported by a coalition between the National Mandate Party (PAN) and the Democratic Party.

The KPU said there were problems with the pair's recommendation letters from the two parties while the deputy mayoral candidate Dhimam did not include a statement from the taxation office clearing him of outstanding tax duties.

The KPU has said that it would reopen the registration process for the fourth time, although it is not clear if Rasiyo and Dhimam will be eligible to re-register.

With the pair disqualified from the Surabaya election, there is only one candidate: the popular incumbent Mayor Tri Rismaharini.

The law on regional elections bars a one-candidate contest, which means the election will have to be postponed to the next round of simultaneous regional elections in 2017.
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            [post_content] => Political parties are sacrificing quality for quantity by nominating candidates for seats in all constituencies and not doing enough to nominate women, poll observers say.

Masykurudin Hafidz, the deputy director of the People’s Voter Education Network (JPPR), said on Sunday that most parties were doing themselves no favors by trying to cover all constituencies with whoever was available instead of just focusing on nominating the best possible candidates in fewer constituencies.

“They’re forcing themselves to go after every seat that’s up for grabs without actually paying much attention to the paperwork needed for each nomination,” he said in Jakarta.

The JPPR previously said that 11 percent of the 6,576 nominations filed by 12 parties for next year’s legislative election lacked the required supporting documentation, leaving the candidates liable to disqualification by the General Elections Commission (KPU).

Masykurudin said that if the parties had instead been more realistic and focused on nominating quality candidates in constituencies where they stood a fair chance of winning, they would not find themselves in the current administrative quandary of having to provide the KPU with the missing documents or nominating new candidates altogether.

Separately, Titi Anggraeni, the executive director of the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem), said the parties also seemed to have given little thought to nominating female candidates, who by law must account for 30 percent of a party’s total candidates.

Titi pointed out that while the parties technically met the quota, deeper digging revealed that the female candidates were rarely the first or even second choice for seats in any given constituency.

Only in 5.5 percent of cases were women the first choice, according to data from the KPU, while they were the second choice in 9.4 percent of cases.

Some 25.8 percent were the third choice, while 6 percent were the fourth choice, 10.9 percent the fifth choice and 20.1 percent the sixth choice.

“It’s apparent that political parties aren’t giving female legislative candidates a fair opportunity,” Titi said.
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Eleven percent of 6,576 people eyeing a seat in the House of Representatives have not submitted all of the required documents and face disqualification, an election watchdog claimed.

“There are so many political parties that have registered their legislative candidates without all of the necessary paperwork,” said Afifuddin, coordinator of the People’s Voter Education Network (JPPR) said on Sunday.

“This shows the political parties’ lack of seriousness in getting their candidates ready [for next year’s elections] and getting them to meet the administrative requirements.”

Afifuddin said that this could also mean that some of the candidates were last-minute picks, particularly with the General Elections Commission (KPU) mandating all political parties must have women making up 30 percent of their candidates.

JPPR deputy Masyukurudin Hafidz said that 33 percent of the candidates proposed by the Indonesian Unity and Justice Party (PKPI) — which qualified to run in the polls just prior to the submission deadline — have not submitted all of the required documents.

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The same is true of 19 percent of the candidates running under the National Awakening Party (PKB).

Documents most often failed to submit included copies of their high school or college diplomas, accounting for 338 candidates; and party membership cards, accounting for 485 candidates.

The JPPR also recorded 293 candidates who have not submitted copies of their identification cards.

Afifuddin said that this paperwork is basic documentation that all party members should possess.

The fact that there are hundreds who haven’t submitted copies of their identification cards, which people normally make available from their wallet or purse, suggests that the candidates are not serious about nominating themselves, he said.

The candidates have until May 22 to submit all of the necessary documents.
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