JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The contestation of the first simultaneous elite circulation for Indonesia become a chaotic experienced for the country. In a day, million of citizens choosed presidential and member of parliament candidates from the national, provincial, district/city level, and Regional Representative Council. The administrative calculation process is multiplied by five.
However, this 2019 General Election is a place of chaotic and failed trials. The opposition declared the election “chaotic and full of fraud”. The Election Supervisory Board confirms that this election is “broken”. While the General Election Commission (GEC) recognizes that this election exceeds the capacity of the state.
Even opposition presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto confirmed that the fraud that occurred especially in the presidential election would damage the future of Indonesia’ democracy. For him, electoral fraud is the biggest insult to a country’ democracy.
And, a leader who takes power through fraudulent elections is deemed illegal by the people and therefore loses his ability to govern effectively, he urged. Therefore, the former general called irregularities in data entry from polling stations to be corrected, as his team was unfurled by a long list of charges against election authorities and incumbent Joko Widodo that he said showed the “blatant and flagrant violation of basic norms of democracy.”
The wide-ranging claims include the data entry error 73,000 polling stations so far, the irregularities in the official voter roll, the irregularities in the official vote, and the mobilization of Widodo’ civil servants’ campaign efforts, as well as the use of state-owned enterprise to finance his campaign.
He asked for a correction of all the irregularities and want an Intelligence Technology audit. He urged, sll these false entries must be corrected.
Opposition claims based on the dilapidated facts of the implementation of this simultaneous election. Things that are also realized by other state officials.
In a working meeting of the Regional Representative Council attended by the Domestic ministry and other relevant officials on Tuesday (05/07), it was proposed that this simultaneous election be abolished and encourage elections to be organized into two implementations: to elect national and regional leaders. They even agreed to implement an e-voting system for the upcoming elections so that similar fraud would not occur again.
The Chaos of Voter Data
Symptoms of problems arise since the election commission has updated the voter list data. They carried out the downstream process three times.
The end of the determination period for Final Voters at the central level should take place on Sept. 10, 2018. But, the commission completes earlier five days from the agenda.
After that, updating the data actually becomes protracted. On April 8 or nine days before the voting, the commission was just ready to determine the final voter’s list which was the result of step 3 improvement. That is, delayed 21 days from the schedule set by the commission.
Even before the election day, the opposition team still found 17.5 million voter lists that were odd and unnatural. Voters with the date of birth on January 1 were 2.3 million, July 1 9.8 million and December 31 5.4 million.
The main problem is that the state is often in a position to sort voter data comprehensively. Data on voters with the Ministry of Home Affairs crossed. There were findings that the voters did not fulfill the requirements in the form of doubles, died, and moved to domicile.
In addition, based on the findings of the Election Watch, GEC’s Voter Data Information System is often an error, which disrupts the upload and downloads data process.
Election Logistics Disputes
GEC from the outset explained that the delivery of election logistics in the form of boxes and voting booths was prioritized to heavy-duty areas, such as Papua and West Papua. However, the attempt failed. Election logistics have not yet arrived at 805 polling stations in Papua on the voting day. Voting can be held five days later, April 23.
Nationally, there are 10,520 polling stations that lack election logistics. At 6,474 polling stations, the ballot boxes received by the local committee were not sealed. In West Java, for example, hundreds of ballot box seals were damaged.
Moreover, logistics distribution is without an escort. One of them happened in Central Java because the election supervisors were also confused about the unclear logistics delivery schedule.
Some logistics storage warehouses are counted “vulnerable”. At the Susun Pinus Elok House, East Jakarta, the logistics are raining. While in the logistics storage warehouse in Bogor, around 680 ballot boxes and 6,000 ballots were damaged due to flooding.
In Jambi is more severe. Several sub-district supervisors were suspected of burning 15 ballot boxes. While in Sampang, Madura, two local residents stole the ballot box.
Besides to the damaged and stolen election logistics, there were also cases of ballots exchanged between the electoral districts, which occurred in 3,411 polling stations, according to Election Supervisory data.
In Semarang, Central Java, there were still a number of ballots that were misdirected or exchanged with other polling stations. In five polling stations in Cianjur Regency, West Java, there were ballots that were exchanged so that they had long tails. About 40 percent of the ballots were exchanged in their constituencies until they finally held Advanced Voting.
Logistics distribution of the chaotic 2019 election adds to the task of the local committee. They must hold elections, calculations, input data, even follow-up or repeat selections simultaneously. This is what makes hundreds of officers die and get sick.
A little chaos also occurs abroad. In Malaysia, for example, even before the voting, hundreds of votes were broken by potential incumbents found. But until now the problem was not resolved other than holding re-election.
Together with dozens of other regions, the election was held again. And that already shows how chaotic the 2019 election is in Indonesia.
Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org