VP Kalla Promises Acceleration of e-KTP Program

BY :NOVI SETUNINGSIH & EKO PRASETYO

SEPTEMBER 03, 2016

Jakarta. Corruption was the main cause of a delay in the distribution of electronic identification cards, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said on Friday (02/09).

Kalla said that since the beginning, there have been indications of  problems with regard to the identification cards, or e-KTP, since corruption was involved. The case is being investigated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

"There are unpaid debts, although the government's budget has almost reached Rp 6 trillion [$454 million]," Kalla said.

The vice president has promised that the distribution of e-KTPs  will be accelerated as the final data collection deadline is set for November this year. Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has issued an instruction to speed up the process in regions where the program has not started yet.

While Indonesian citizens have been urged to record their data for electronic identification by Sept. 30, more than 22 million still remain unregistered.

The former director of citizenship information and administration management at the the Ministry of Home Affairs, Sugiharto, has been named a suspect by the KPK in the e-KTP corruption case. The state losses are estimated at Rp 2 trillion.

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