Jakarta. A high-ranking female officer from the National Police, widely perceived to be the most corrupt institution in the country, revealed on Tuesday that she has registered as a candidate for a leadership position at the Corruption Eradication Commission.
“I officially submitted my name on June 22,” said Brig. Gen. Basariah Panjaitan, who is currently an instructor at the National Police’s academy for officers.
“This is a calling and my dedication to the state,” she added.
Several other members of the National Police have expressed interest in vying for one of five top spots in the antigraft agency, or KPK, including Papua Police chief Yotje Mende; head of the National Police’s legal division Syahrul Mamma; and former director of the police’s National Narcotics Agency (BNN) Benny Mamoto, who is now retired.
Separately, the KPK selection committee announced that the application deadline for executive posts had been extended.
Destry Damayanti, the head of the committee, said potential candidates had until Friday, two days after the initial cutoff date, to register their names.
“We decided to extend the deadline because out of 234 names we have received, 54 percent have yet to complete the necessary documents for administrative purposes,” Destry told reporters at a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday.
Destry called on all applicants to immediately submit the required papers.
“We will announce the short-listed candidates on August 12 and submit our nominations to the president on August 31,” Destry said.
Earlier on Tuesday, KPK interim deputy chairman Johan Budi revealed that he would join the race for the 2015-2019 leadership at the anti-corruption commission.
Officials from the Attorney’s General Office and Indonesian Military have also said they would be registering as candidates for KPK leadership.
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