Family and friends gather to mourn Husni. (Antara Photo/Muhammad Adimaja)

KPU Chairman Husni Passes Away at 40


JULY 08, 2016

Jakarta. Husni Kamil Manik, the 40-year-old chairman of the General Election Commission, or KPU, died suddenly on Thursday from an undisclosed acute infection.

He passed away at Central Pertamina Hospital in South Jakarta around 9.30 p.m.

A commemoration for Medan-born Husni was held at a mosque in National Police's housing complex in Pejaten, South Jakarta at 11.00 a.m followed by a funeral at Jeruk Purut cemetery.

Husni took up the top job at KPU in 2014 after serving as secretary of the West Sumatra chapter of Muslim organization Nahdhatul Ulama.

"I saw he had worked really hard with integrity during the preparation, planing and the implementation of regional election," President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said in Solo, Central Java, as quoted by Antara news agency.

Former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono attended commemorations for Husni. He arrived in Pejaten at around 10.35 a.m. on Friday along with his two sons, Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono and Edhie Baskoro Yudhoyono, better known as Ibas.

Masykurudin Hafidz, an election activist from People’s Voter Education Network, described Husni as a calm person who was able to handle tense situations during the 2014 presidential election and simultaneous regional election in 2015.

“If debate becomes heated, Husni is able to control situation and make the people calm down. When he faces people who are dissatisfied with KPU, he never denied anything. He just explained the chronology which led the discussion to a conclusion and solution,” Masykurudin said.