Pemalang, September 2018

Technology is helping people in fulfilling their needs. In terms of information and communication, the presence of technology could speed up a particular process. To support the general elections (Pemilu) process, the Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) tries to implement an electronic-based voting in a village head election in Pemalang Regency, Central Java. The voting system will be divided into four parts, e-voting, e-verification, e-counting and e-recapitulation.

Minister for Research, Technology and Higher Education, Mohamad Nasir, visited the location and said technology had to be harnessed well.

“If this technology was applied, we can save papers and time,” said Nasir.

At an event on Sunday, September 23, Nasir said there would be no problem again regarding multiple voters list (DPT), thanks to the e-verification which uses e-KTP. The results can be directly seen through the e-counting. To ensure the documents are legit, an e-recapitulation is carried out through the giving of digital signature.

Nasir proudly said: “With this system, the error level would be 0 percent and the accuracy would reach 100 percent.”

Nasir said a security system had been prepared to deal with potential hackers. This method could protect itself from hacking.

Nasir said: “A regulation needs to be prepared for this. The Police, the Attorney General’s Office and the National Cyber Agency will examine,” he said.

Now, the ministry is promoting technology-based voting in election across Indonesia. This is because the device is locally produced by PT INTI.

“In the future, I will propose to the president that elections in 2020 use this technology,” said Nasir.

BPPT’s IT, energy and material deputy, Eniya Listiani Dewi, said the e-voting system had been used in simultaneous elections in South Sulawesi province before in Pemalang. Eniya said she was optimistic 1,000 villages could use the system by end 2018.

Pemalang regent Junaedi said the area conducted simultaneously elections in 18 villages. The elections run smoothly he said.

“I was at first unsure about it. But it turned out to be successful. In the second term, the election runs smoothly and ends in 4 hours,” said Junaedi.