Indonesia praised for transparency of its election results

27 Aug 2014

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Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy, has become more transparent in reporting of election results, analysts said during a UNDP-sponsored public discussion.

Organized by UNDP Elections Multi Donor Programme (EMDP), the discussion featured noted speakers such as Nur Hidayat Sardini from the Election Organizers Ethics Council (DKPP), and Ramlan Subakti, political lecturer from Airlangga University.

“The Election Commission has allowed citizens to record and upload the C1 forms (recapitulation documents). This is a good practice in terms of innovation,” said Ramlan.

He said such practices encouraged citizens to closely monitor the submission of election results from every voting booth in the country to the Election Commission’s Headquarters in the capital Jakarta. There were concerns that election officers may submit incorrect information without vigorous monitoring.

Around 150 million voters cast their ballots last June to elect Indonesia’s new leader following an earlier legislative election in April.

Ramlan added that in the future, Indonesia could stand to benefit from having an electronic vote counting system that would enable citizens to gain access to election results in a more open and speedy manner.

Sardini from DKPP said despite minor glitches in the computer system, the process of gathering election results from 486,000 voting booths throughout the country was largely smooth. He added that the Election Commission has also been very responsive to following-up public complaints.

“The Election Commission is now accommodating all the findings, this was what I had envisioned for the (previous) 2009 elections,” said Sardini.