KPK deputy runs for chairmanship race

Padang Sudrajad, the deputy for internal affairs and public reports at the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), has filed an application to run for the next leader his institution.

“My colleagues had kept pushing me [to apply]. Yes, I filed the application documents on Friday,” Handoyo told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.

The former auditor at the Development and Finance Comptroller (BPKP), who joined the country's top anti-graft body in 2005, said his long-time experience in both institutions could be beneficial for a better KPK in the future.

“My colleagues and I have been drafting the formula to address the loopholes in the system currently adopted by the KPK, especially in the area of monitoring, prevention and enforcement,” Handoyo said.

As of Saturday, 137 people have reportedly filed applications with the government’s selection committee for the new KPK leaders.

The registration will close on Monday.

The committee will then hold a series of tests for the applicants to select 10 candidates. The House of Representatives’ law and human rights commission will conduct a fit-and-proper test to select five new KPK leaders from the 10 candidates.

KPK is expected to have new leaders by Dec. 18, when the tenure of the current leaders will end.[tjp]


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