Tommy Suharto's Political Party Fails to Meet KPU Verification

Five provinces, which are home to more than half of Indonesian voters, are set to elect new leaders next week. (Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

By : Yustinus Paat and Telly Nathalia | on 8:08 PM December 15, 2017
Category : News, Politics

Jakarta. The national election organizing agency confirmed on Thursday (14/12) that 12 political parties will proceed to factual verification after passing administrative checks, while one of the two that have been eliminated in the second phase is the party founded in 2016 by Indonesian businessman Hutomo Mandala Putra, better known as Tommy Suharto.

A total of 27 political parties registered with the General Elections Commission (KPU) in early October, hoping to contest the 2019 simultaneous presidential and legislative elections.

Thirteen were disqualified in the first phase involving checks of basic administration requirements, while the remainder proceeded to the next phase involving administrative checks.

The parties that have passed the second phase are the United Indonesian Party (Perindo), Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI), Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), People's Conscience Party (Hanura), National Democratic Party (NasDem), National Mandate Party (PAN), Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra), Golkar Party, United Development Party (PPP), Democratic Party and National Awakening Party (PKB).

The Garuda Party and Tommy's Beringin Karya Party (Berkarya) failed to comply with the minimum requirement of district-level membership, KPU commissioner Hasyim Asy'ari said, as reported by Suara Pembaruan.

Factual verification takes seven days on a national level and 21 days on district level, but established parties that have contested previous elections are only required to prove their existence in Indonesia's newest province, North Kalimantan, and 17 new districts and municipalities in 10 provinces, Hasyim said.

"The factual verification process will begin on Dec. 15. The [duration of the] verification [process] is based on calendar days, not workdays," he added.

The KPU will announce the names of the parties that qualify to contest the 2019 elections in February next year.

Berkarya will lodge an appeal with the Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), party secretary general Badrudin Andi Picunang said on Friday, as reported by

"We plan to file our appeal today," he said.

Tommy is the youngest son of former President Soeharto.

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