Sat, 03 Apr 2004

PKPB allegedly most corrupt party

SEMARANG: Concern for the Nation Functional Party (PKPB) tops the list of political parties allegedly engaged in vote-buying, an official at Semarang Election Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu) said on Friday.

Similarly, the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) ranked first, but in this case for allegedly violating election rules, with 158 cases, said Nur Hidayat Sardini, the chairman of Semarang Panwaslu, on Friday.

Sardini alleged that the PKPB had engaged in vote-buying in 26 cases by distributing basic necessities, distributing money and giving door prizes at its rallies. The election campaign period started nationwide on March 11 and ended on April 1.

"The 26 cases were part of 37 vote-buying cases in Central Java province during the election campaigns," he said.

PDI-P allegedly committed 158 election violations, with 120 administrative violations, 17 election crimes and one election dispute. The Golkar Party came second with 91 alleged violations, followed by the United Development Party (PPP) with 67 cases and the National Mandate Party (PAN) with 66.

In total, political parties in Central Java province committed 717 alleged election violations, including 446 administrative violations and 95 election crimes. -- JP