The National Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) will enlist help from the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) to screen candidates for the 2017 simultaneous regional elections, following the arrest of Ogan Ilir Regent Ahmad Wazir Nofiadi on Sunday for the alleged possession of illegal drugs.
The regular medical checkup was not effective in preventing drug addicts from standing in elections, Bawaslu member Nasrullah said in a discussion on Friday.
“In cooperation with BNN, Bawaslu will immediately disqualify candidates who use illegal drugs” Nasrullah said.
He expressed his hope that a case like that of Ahmad would not repeat itself.
“The election process is very time-consuming. The candidates also have to spend a lot of money to take part in the elections. When an elected regent cannot do his job because of an arrest, that causes a lot of disadvantages for many parties,” Nasrullah said.
Nasrullah added that the General Elections Commission (KPU) would investigate the medical personnel involved in examining Ahmad before he took part in the election.
Ahmad, a Golkar party politician, was named a suspect on Friday, about a month after being inaugurated as regent.
Nasrullah said the Ahmad case should teach political parties a lesson on nominating candidates for election. (bbn)