Home Minister says 197 regencies and municipalities will be using electronic citizen ID (e-KTP) cards by the end of this year.
"If everything falls into place, I will officiate the use of e-KTP for West Sumatra province in October. We believe we will be able to meet the target of [issuing] eKTP to 50 million [residents] this year," Gamawan said Sunday in Padang as quoted by Antara state news wire.
He added that the e-KTP system was currently being installed in several areas.
Unlike in other cities across the archipelago in which the database is being managed by districts, Jakarta administration has asked the ministry to let subdistricts manage the database in a bid to serve residents better and faster, Gamawan said.
He called all parties to help monitor the implementation of the project to ensure no budget misuse and that targets are met according to schedule.
"I've presented the project twice at the KPK and the KPK asked us to conduct an online tender and we've fulfilled their request," Gamawan said, referring to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).
According to Gamawan, 12 ministries are involved in the project.
"We hope to complete the e-KTP project nationwide by 2012," he said.