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Jakarta Post

Mobile app promises alternative election quick count

Mobile app promises alternative election quick count The MataRakyat mobile application, which launched on Wednesday, aims to provide real-time vote counting in the Jakarta gubernatorial election 2017. (JP/Agnes Anya)
Agnes Anya
Jakarta   ●   Wed, January 18, 2017

Voters can watch a quick count of Jakarta's gubernatorial election next month with a mobile application called MataRakyat (Eye of the People), which was developed by PT InTouch Innovate Indonesia teaming up with Microsoft Indonesia.
The application was expected to provide an accurate and quick exit poll through crowd participation, said InTouch president director Hendra Kendro. Hence, voters could get an early prediction of who won the election.
"The official poll result will be revealed by the General Elections Commission within 12 days after Feb 15 (voting day)," said Hendra at the application’s launch event on Wednesday. "In that period, MataRakyat tries to help provide a real and quick survey."

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Hendra further explained that eligible voters in Jakarta could participate in the quick count in the application by joining as eSaksi (electronic witnesses).
eSaksi are required to upload pictures of recapitulation documents, also known as C1 forms.
"To guarantee the accountability and validity of the quick count, we need participation by volunteers spread out across 13,000 polling stations in the capital," said Hendro.
He explained that to participate as eSaksi, participants could register themselves in the application, which can be downloaded for both iOS and Android.
However, before being accepted as eSaksi, a participant's data will be verified. (jun)