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Jakarta Post

Unregistered voters must show family cards to vote

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 10, 2017   /  10:01 am
Unregistered voters must show family cards to vote Get prepared -- An election official shows a ballot paper in a simulation for the 2017 Jakarta gubernatorial election at Cempaka Putih Sports Stadium, Central Jakarta, on Feb. 7. (JP/Seto Wardhana.)

With growing concern about the possible use of fake documents in the election scheduled for Feb.15, the Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) is requiring all unregistered voters who want to vote to bring not only their electronic identification card (e-KTP) or suket (letter of recommendation) but also their original family card.

KPU Jakarta head Sumarno said the presentation of family cards was required to optimize the verification process for unregistered voters.

“Unregistered voters using e-KTPs and suket to vote must bring their family card and show it to the polling station officials,” Sumarno said on Thursday.

He further said the KPU had appointed polling stations officials for 13,023 polling stations across Jakarta. 

Each polling station would be served by seven officials appointed from that local neighborhood. 

“In the case that polling station officials still doubt the validity of a voter's documents, even after he or she presents his or her family card, they can ask the voter to show other forms of identity, such as a driving license,” Sumarno said.

To prevent electoral fraud, the KPU and the Home Ministry have created a method to verify e-KTP validity using WhatsApp.

Any official doubting the validity of a voter’s ID can take a picture of the card and send it to a WhatsApp group that includes population and civil registry agency (Dukcapil) officials and local poll administrators (KPPS) in each respective area.

Agency officials will check the Population Administration Information System (SIAK) to confirm whether or not the card data is valid. (ebf)

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