ICW suspects huge political “costs” behind Bogor Regent’s fall from grace

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Ade Yasin
Bogor Regent Ade Yasin. (Source: Bogor regency administration)

Jakarta, IO – Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW) suspects that the corrupt practices carried out by Bogor Regent Ade Yasin was triggered by the huge political “cost” needed to contest in regional head elections (Pilkada).

ICW researcher Kurnia Ramadhana said usually public officials arrested in anti-graft bust had to shell out quite a lot of money to pay back the huge election costs incurred. This is closely connected to practical politics adopted.

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“This is a recurring pattern which caused regional heads to be entangled in corrupt practices,” Kurnia told Medcom on Wednesday (27/4).

The hefty costs, said Kurnia, are not only for campaign spending, but usually also to gain support from political parties.