Dozens of Indonesians who served jail time for corruption are set to run for public office, the country’s electoral agency said on Friday (Sep 21), as the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation kicks off campaigning at the weekend.
The ex-convicts are among more than 8,000 people vying for seats in parliament and regional councils with 186 million registered voters eligible to cast a ballot in national polls on Apr 17.
Election campaigning starts Sunday.
Indonesia is riddled with corruption at all levels of society and its House of Representatives is widely viewed as one of its most graft-riddled institutions. However, the Supreme Court ruled last week that 38 people previously convicted of graft could run for office, despite their criminal records.
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