GLOBAL ONE NEWS (G1)— Dozens of Indonesians who were jailed for corruption are running for the upcoming elections.
According to AFP, the election commission said Jan. 31, 49 candidates previously served jail time for stealing public funds. They belong to the majority of the 16 political parties contesting in the April 17 polls.
Eight thousand candidates are courting Indonesia’s 192 million voters to clinch a seat in the parliament and regional councils.
Indonesian law requires hopefuls to declare previous convictions but doesn’t necessarily disbar them from running for office.
Corruption was discussed in a recent presidential debate between President Joko Widodo and his contender ex-general Prabowo Subianto.
While Widodo defended his record while in office, Prabowo suggested he would take “drastic” measures against graft convicts — such as sending them to a remote island for hard labor.