Minister Ready to Review Again Portion of Voting Rights

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Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Muhammad Nasir invited the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the State Civil Apparatus Commission (KASN) to monitor the elections of rectors of state universities. Nasir was also ready to review again the portion of the voting rights in the elections.

It was affirmed by the Minister of Technology and Higher Education Muhammad Nasir in a news conference on Wednesday (26/10) in Jakarta following the indications of the KPK about alleged fraud at several state universities (PTN) in the rector electoral process. Nasir said it is good that the KPK and KASN are involved so other aspects could also be investigated so that rector candidates are really clean. Nasir said that so far the KPK has not responded to the request from the Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education (Kemristek & Dikti) to explain the details of the problem. Without clarity of trouble spots, it would be difficult for Kemristek & Dikti to make improvements. Therefore, Nasir invoked the KPK to immediately notify the specific things charged.

Indonesia Corruption Watch researcher Febri Hendri urged the need for revision of the Regulation of the Minister of National Education No. 24 of 2010 on the Appointment and Dismissal of the Rector / Chairman / Director at Universities Organized by the Government. The root of the problem, he said, was in the vote owned by the minister which reached 35 percent. According to Febri, rector election should be done by the stakeholders on campus. The government and the state should just provide funding for the campus. Let the rector election be handed to the campus people.

So far, the state universities (PTN) reported to Kemristek & Dikti as problematic in the election of the rector is the North Sumatra University (USU) in Medan, Manado State University (Unima), Halu Oleo University (UHO) Kendari, and the University of Musamus (Unmus) Merauke. Nasir ordered the rector elections at USU and Unima to be repeated. While the rector election in UHO and Unmus were postponed because the members of the senate were not in accordance with Law No. 12/2012 on Higher Education.

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