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KPK probes KPU equipment procurement

  • Irawaty Wardany

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Wed, April 22 2009   /  01:24 pm

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has launched an investigation into the procurement of electronic equipment used by the General Elections Commission (KPU), following the chaos in national vote counting. “We are concerned with the current process [of ballot counting], and now our team, led by Haryono, [KPK deputy chairman for prevention] are gathering data and evaluating the tender processes for the KPU’s procurement of electronic equipment,” KPK chairman Antasary Azhar told reporters here on Tuesday.
The KPU spent Rp 170 billion (US$15.86 million) to purchase Intelligent Character Recognition (ICR) software and its compatible hardware to digitally handle national vote counting.  
The ICR technology allows KPU staffers to scan the results of hand written ballots from polling stations to be translated into numbers and letters, which were later...