Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Mochammad Afifuddin named KPU chief replacing Hasyim Asy’ari

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Commissioners of the General Elections Commission (KPU) have appointed Mochammad Afifuddin as Acting KPU Chairman, replacing Hasyim Asy’ari, who has been dismissed for ethical violations.

This decision came from a plenary meeting of commissioners held on Thursday morning, June 4, 2024. Afifuddin will serve as acting chairman until a definitive chairman is selected.

“The plenary meeting decided to mandate Mochammad Afifuddin as the Acting Chairman of KPU to carry out the duties,” KPU commissioner August Mellaz told a press conference at KPU in Jakarta on Thursday, July 4, 2024.

Afifuddin stated that he would focus on strengthening internal consolidation and preparing for the stages of the 2024 Regional Head Elections (Pilkada).

“It won’t be easy, but we will face it together,” Afifuddin said.

Previously, the Election Organizer Ethics Council (DKPP) found Hasyim Asy’ari guilty of violating the code of ethics and conduct for election organizers. Hasyim was found to have committed inappropriate behavior towards a member of the Overseas Election Committee (PPLN) in Den Haag, the Netherlands.

“The DKPP imposes a permanent dismissal sanction on the accused, Hasyim Asy’ari, as chairman and member of the General Elections Commission effective immediately upon the reading of this decision,” DKPP Chairman Heddy Lugito said during the council’s hearing session on Wednesday, June 3, 2024.

The complaint against Hasyim was filed by the victim, represented by the Legal Consultation and Aid Institute of the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Law (LKBH FHUI), to the DKPP in Central Jakarta on Thursday, April 18, 2024. The complaint stated that Hasyim violated the ethical standards of integrity and professionalism as an election organizer.

“He is alleged to have been involved in personal and romantic relationships with a PPLN member abroad,” said LKBH-PPS advocate team member Aristo Pangaribuan at the DKPP office on April 18, 2024.

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