Police drop election violation case against PSI

The National Police have dropped a case pertaining to the alleged violation of  campaign rules implicating the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI).

“Yes, we’ve stopped the investigation,” Bridg. Gen. Herry Rudolf Nahak, the director of general crimes, said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.  

Several linguistic experts found that an ad at the center of the case was not campaign material, the police have argued.

On April 23, the PSI published an advertorial in a newspaper calling on the public to help choose the running mate and Cabinet members of the party’s candidate, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

The advertorial also contained the party’s logo and its number in the upcoming election.

The Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) reported the PSI to the police, arguing that the advertorial was a violation of the Election Law as it was campaign material published before the campaign period had begun. (gis)

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