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Jakarta Post

Thousands deployed for quick counts

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 8, 2014   /  03:14 pm

The public can expect numerous '€œaccurate'€ early vote count results on Wednesday as pollsters gear up to deploy thousands of volunteers and workers at polling stations, thanks to an intensified race in the polling industry.

Indikator Politik Indonesia, for example, claims it will reveal accurate political party electability rates in Wednesday'€™s legislative election as early as 11 a.m., or two hours before polling closes at 1 p.m.

'€œHowever, despite a recent MK [Constitutional Court] ruling, we don'€™t want to reveal the results on parties'€™ electability at 11 a.m. because it would be unethical as it could influence voters who have yet to cast a vote,'€ Indikator executive director Burhanuddin Muhtadi told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.

The court recently annulled a provision in the 2012 Election Law stipulating that early vote-count results could be announce two hours after polling in western Indonesia closes at the earliest.

Burhanuddin said Indikator would reveal exit-poll results at around 1 p.m., or shortly after polling closes, while its quick count would be announced at around 3 p.m.

While an exit poll is based on brief interviews with voters after they cast their vote, a quick count relays counting by officials at sample polling stations, which is done after polling closes.

Indikator, like other polling companies conducting quick counts this year, will send thousands of volunteers and employees to polling stations nationwide.

'€œWe are deploying 2,050 volunteers to 2,050 polling stations at all provinces nationwide. Another 205 workers will also be deployed as monitors to oversee the work of these volunteers,'€ Burhanuddin said.

The Indonesia Votes Network (JSI), meanwhile, will deploy 2,000 workers to 2,000 polling stations across the archipelago. '€œTwo hundred more employees have been hired for quality control. One will be in charge of monitoring 10 polling station workers,'€ JSI research director Eka Kusmayadi told the Post.

In addition, the JSI has employed 33 provincial coordinators and 11 supervisors, each of which will oversee three provinces, as well as 10 information technology workers.

'€œWe picked the polling stations based on a multistage random sampling method. We used the stratified random sampling method, proportionally based on a province'€™s population, to determine the number of sample stations in each province. Then we used the systematic random sampling method to determine sample stations in each province,'€ Eka explained.

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