REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- The Nusantara Advocate Team officially reported Coordinating Minister of Maritime Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani to Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) on Thursday (10/18). They both were reported for alleged violations of campaigns related to one-finger poses while attending the IMF agenda on October 14.
The complainant's attorney, M Taufiqurrohman, said the two state officials were alleged to have carried out acts that benefited one candidate for presidential and vice presidential candidates. The index finger poses was accused to represent support to presidential candidate pair number one, incumbent President Joko Widodo-KH Ma'ruf Amin.
"As state officials they perform actions allegedly to benefit and indicate their alignments towards the presidential-vice presidential pair Joko Widodo and KH Ma'ruf Amin in the IMF and World Bank annual meeting in Bali on October 14," Taufiq explained to reporters at the Bawaslu office, Thamrin, Central Jakarta, Thursday.
The report was filed because IMF Meeting was part of the official agenda of the state. The complainant found indications of covert campaigns in which Luhut and Sri Mulyani were seen directing the IMF Director Christine Lagarde, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, to pose one finger on a photo session.
"Sri Mulyani told Luhut to asked Lagarde to not use two fingers pose. Luhut then instructed Lagarde 'No no no, not two, not two'. Sri Mulyani then explained Lagarde that 'Two is Prabowo, and one is for Jokowi'," Taufiq said.
Therefore, he said, Sri and Luhut were allegedly using the situation to benefit and show allignment towards candidate number 01. "The actions of Luhut and Sri Mulyani legally deserve to be suspected of having violated the Election Law, as stipulated in Article 282 juncto Article 283 paragraph (1) and (2) juncto Article 547 Law Number 7 of 2017 concerning Elections, with the threat of imprisonment 3 Year and fine of Rp. 36,000,000 (thirty six million rupiahs). In addition, both must be dismissed as ministers who are clearly and clearly not neutral in the activities of state meetings, "Taufiq said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chairman of the National Campaign Team for Jokowi-Ma'ruf, Abdul Kadir Karding, assessed that Luhut's and Sri Mulyani's one-finger pose in a photo session with the IMF leaders was a pure spontaneity. Therefore, both of the state officials should only be reminded.
Karding said Luhut and Sri did not have the intention to campaign in IMF Meeting.
"I think that the spontaneity of officials and others, must be seen as a part that is not built on intentions. When it comes to law, there must be an intention," Karding said in Jakarta on Thursday.
According to Karding, Luhut and Sri have explained that it was only a joke and spontaneity. They wanted to show that Indonesia was number one in holding IMF forum.