The head of the KPK selection committee, Yenti Ganarsih (center), at a press conference in Jakarta on Friday. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

KPK Announces Twenty Candidates to Become Next Chairman


AUGUST 23, 2019

Jakarta. Indonesia's national antigraft agency, the Corruption Eradication Commission or KPK, has announced a list of twenty candidates to be considered as the agency's next chairman.

"We've selected 20 candidates out of 40 who had gone through a profile test. The new chairperson will head the KPK from 2019 to 2023," the head of the KPK's selection committee, Yenti Ganarsih, said on Friday.

The latest list of candidates will undergo a health test, an interview and a public assessment to go through to the next round of selection.  

The health test is scheduled to take place on Monday at the Gatot Soebroto Army hospital in Central Jakarta. 

The interview and the public assessment sessions will be held at the State Secretary office on Aug. 27-29. Seven candidates will undergo both sessions each day. 

KPK's previous chairman Basaria Pandjaitan had failed a psychological test in the early rounds of the selection process and is no longer considered for the position. Another ex-chairman, Laode M. Syarief, had failed the profile test. Only one former chairman, Alexander Marwata, remains in contention.

Yenti said the remaining 20 candidates are made up of 17 men and three women from various professions including academics, state prosecutors and police officers.

Here is the full list of candidates for the KPK chairmanship:

  1. Alexander Marwata (KPK commissioner)
  2. Antam Novambar (deputy head of the National Police's Criminal Investigation Unit)
  3. Bambang Sri Herwanto (a lecturer at the National Police's leadership academy)
  4. Cahyo R.E. Wibowo (an employee at a state-owned company)
  5. Firli Bahuri (South Sumatra police chief)
  6. I Nyoman Wara (an auditor at the Supreme Audit Agency)
  7. Jimmy Muhamad Rifai Gani (an advisor to the Minister of Rural Affairs, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration)
  8. Johanis Tanak (a state prosecutor)
  9. Lili Pintauli Siregar (a lawyer)
  10. Luthfi Jayadi Kurniawan (an academic)
  11. Jasman Pandjaitan (a retired state prosecutor)
  12. Nawawi Pomolango (a judge)
  13. Neneng Euis Fatimah (an academic)
  14. Nurul Ghufron (an academic)
  15. Roby Arya (a civil servant at the Cabinet Secretariat)
  16. Sigit Danang Joyo (a civil servant at the Finance Ministry)
  17. Sri Handayani (West Kalimantan deputy police chief)
  18. Sugeng Purnomo (a state prosecutor)
  19. Sujarnako (KPK staff)
  20. Supardi (a state prosecutor)