E-voting System for 2017 Regional Elections: Ministry


OCTOBER 06, 2015

Jakarta. Traditional methods of voting in Indonesia may soon be replaced by electronic means as the Home Affairs Ministry confirmed on Tuesday that its plans to implement electronic voting in the whole country starting in 2017.

In order to do so, every Indonesian citizen is required to have an electronic identification card or e-KTP by the end of 2016, since electronic voting requires such identification.

However, the ministry admits that streamlining this process may prove difficult as there are still many Indonesians who have more than one identification card.

“There are one million people who still have two or even three [identification cards]. We will keep working to reduce the number,” Tjahjo Kumolo, the home affairs minister, said on Tuesday.

Tjahjo added that there are 3.6 million Indonesians who already have their data recorded but they still have not received their e-KTPs yet.

“By the end of 2016, all citizens must have [their] e-KTP ready in orderto join the e-voting ... in 2017," he added.

If the e-voting system for the 2017 regional elections proves successful, then the same system will be implemented for other future elections.

Andrari Grahitandaru, the head of the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), said last month that e-voting would be an effective way to reduce election costs by as much as 50 percent.

The method has been proven to keep costs down in several countries, including Brazil, where the state spends only $5 on the electronic ballot per voter; India, where an e-vote costs the government 60 cents; and the Philippines, whose central government shells out $3 per e-voter.

An e-vote cast in Indonesia would cost $1.5, said Andrari.