House speaker concerned with rampant corruption ahead of pilkada

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – House of Representatives (DPR) Speaker Bambang Soesatyo said he was concerned with the involvement of many regional leaders in corruption cases ahead of the regional elections (Pilkada).

In the past week almost every day there was report of the Corruption Eradication Commission arresting heads of regional administration and members of legislative assembly on corruption or graft charges.

They were mostly regents and mayors, who seek reelection for which they need a lot of money to finance pre-election campaigns.

The country will hold elections simultaneously all over the country for new governors, regents and city mayors in June.

Bambang said from January to mid February this year KPK arrested seven regional leaders caught red handed committing bribery or corruption.

“DPR has to push the government to be more committed in preventing and eradicating corruption especially ahead of the regional elections 2018,” he said here on Friday.

He said the government watchdog agencies including the Development and Financial Supervision Agency (BPKP) and Regional Supervision Agency (Bawasda) could cooperate and be more focus in their supervision over the use of state funds.

“Especially now that the government has set aside large budget for rural funds. The people need to be pro-active in watching the performance of village chiefs to ensure transparency in the use of the rural funds,” he said.

He said regional administrations should start adopting electronic system with e-planning, e-budgeting, e-procurement, e-payment, and e-asset to make control easier.

He also called on leaders of political parties to be more selective in naming their cadres as candidates to contest the regional elections, adding the candidates should not be easily tempted to receive bribes.

Observers said the regional leaders, who seek reelection, have committed corruption as they need large money to finance pre- election campaigns .

Source: ANTARA News