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Jakarta Post

Rampant polygamy leads to fraudulent e-IDs: Minister

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor, West Java   /   Tue, January 8 2013   /  10:23 am

Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi has revealed that thousands of Indonesian men with multiple wives have compromised the country’s single identification system by trying to make more than one electronic identification card (e-ID), one for each wife.

The ministry discovered the practice after officials recorded fingerprints and retina scans for the new ID system, Gamawan said.

Under the previous system where applicants were only required submit information on forms, polygamous men could easily get away with having more than one ID.

“When the recorded data from all over Indonesia was tabulated, we found that as of December 2012, 776,000 people attempted to apply for more than one e-ID,” the minister said on the sidelines of a Cabinet meeting at the Bogor Palace on Monday.

Polygamous men make up 0.5 percent of the total 174 million people who had recorded their...