Lenny Tristia Tambun
The antigraft agency on Thursday confirmed that Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo is the wealthiest candidate running in next month’s gubernatorial election.
Six pairs of governor-deputy governor candidates are contesting the July 11 election. Each candidate’s wealth was assessed and announced by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), which has the power to scrutinize the asset declarations compulsory for people seeking top government posts.
“As of March 2012, my total wealth was Rp 59.3 billion [$6.3 million],” Fauzi said on Thursday, a day after the assessments of all the candidates were concluded.
Earlier it emerged that Fauzi, who has been a public official his whole career, owns a Hummer SUV, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, whose works have sold for hundreds of millions of dollars.
Second richest with Rp 32.1 billion was retired general Hendardji Supandji, who is running as an independent candidate.
Solo Mayor Joko Widodo came in third, with Rp 27.2 billion. Golkar Party candidate Alex Noerdin has Rp 19.6 billion, while Hidayat Nur Wahid, backed by the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), has Rp 12.1 billion. Independent candidate Faisal Basri reported just Rp 4.1 billion.
Among deputy governor candidates, Biem Benyamin, who is running with Faisal, was richest with Rp 33 billion.
On Wednesday night, the Jakarta administration set up a coordinating office at City Hall to ensure that none of the six candidates faces any obstacles in the campaigning and balloting processes.
The office will be staffed by up to five representatives from the camps of each of the six candidates. They will work separately from the Jakarta Elections Supervisory Committee (Panwaslu), the government’s independent poll monitor.
Panwaslu will, however, send representatives to the office, as will the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPUD) and the Jakarta Police. Also represented at the temporary office, which has begun functioning and is set to continue its work until the inauguration of the governor-elect, are various city agencies.
Zainal Mustapa, an administration official, said on Wednesday that the office’s job was to allow the candidates to air any grievances or concerns and ensure that those points were adequately addressed.
If no candidate gains more than half of the vote in the first ballot, a second round of voting will take place.