Home Affairs Ministry: Electronic Voting in 2019 Elections


OCTOBER 07, 2015

Jakarta. One day after Indonesia's Home Affairs Ministry confirmed plans to implement a nationwide electronic voting system for political races by 2017, the government said it hopes to apply the same polling method for the country's next general elections.

"We hope to use the e-voting system for the 2019 general election," Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo said on Tuesday, as quoted by state news agency Antara.

The decision would place more pressure on local governments to ensure that all eligible voters have an electronic identification card (e-KTP), which is necessary for the new system, by 2016.

Some 3.6 million Indonesians who have already registered their data with the state have yet to receive their e-KTPs, Tjahjo said.

"I hope this can be resolved quickly so that the [e-voting system] can be implemented without hassle," Tjahjo said.