The House’s committee tasked with inquiring into alleged election fraud involving a justice and a former poll body member may expand its probe to other cases, including alleged crimes during the 2009 presidential poll.
Committee chairman Chairuman Harahap said that since his committee’s purpose was to ensure transparent and accountable elections in the future, it was necessary for it to review the 2009 legislative and presidential election.
“This is not an expansion of the committee’s authority as since the beginning, the committee was formed to ensure transparent and accountable elections,” he said.
The committee, he added, would welcome any party that wanted to submit reports or evidence pertaining to alleged electoral fraud. However, he made it clear that since all parties participating in the 2009 polls had approved the poll results, the committee was not authorized to overturn them.
“It is already past the deadline [to annul the election results]. But we will use the report and data to improve procedures, so that we can hold more transparent and accountable elections in the future.”