Cleaning Up the Voters Roll  

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  • Elections. TEMPO/Fahmi Ali

    Elections. TEMPO/Fahmi Ali

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Every voting season, the General Elections Commission (KPU) is always overwhelmed by double registrations problems. Electronic registry data, something that the government hopes will be an administrative system that is integrated with single identity numbers (NIK), turns out to be problematic.

    Double registration in the voters’ rolls is a serious problem. It all started when the KPU issued the permanent voters’ roll (Daftar Pemilih Tetap or DPT) of 187.7 million voters for 2019 election. Soon after, Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno camp claimed to have found 25.4 million double voter registrations. If the claim is true, then around 15 percent of voters will be able to vote at multiple voting sites in the presidential and legislative elections on April 17, 2019.

    The KPU has countered Prabowo-Sandiaga’s claim and said those numbers are inaccurate. Prabowo camp’s claim was based on an examination that only considers 12 of the 16 numbers in each voter’s single identity number (NIK). After examining voter data against these NIKs in their entirety as well as seven other elements-such as sex and address-the KPU claimed that fewer double registrations were found on the DPT.