Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – A number of social media platforms are invited to participate in combating black campaigns during the 2018 Gubernatorial Election process, as well as the 2019 General Election.
“The General Election Commission, Election Supervisory Board, and the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, along with several social media platforms, will sign a partnership next month to ensure an aesthetically pleasing and exciting election, which can kindle the creativity of many people,” Chairman of the General Election Commission, Arief Budiman, stated in Jakarta on Tuesday.
“Involvement of social media platforms can contribute to the maintenance of a healthy competition”
He further noted that the cooperation is being carried out to ensure that the rights of voters are protected, especially to obtain the correct information.
Voters must be able to access accurate information about the candidates as well as the election processes, he added.
Through the cooperation, the circulation of information related to the election processes will be supported by various information facilities.
“Therefore, it would reach the public faster, while its accountability is ensured,” he remarked.
On a different occasion, Legal Researcher for Election and Democracy, Fadli Ramadhanil, revealed that social media platforms should be invited for specific discussions to address black campaigns in social media.
He believed that the involvement of social media platforms can contribute to the maintenance of a healthy competition.
“In addition to the Board, Police Force, and the ministry, various social media platforms should be involved in order to maintain a healthy competition,” he said. (dda)
E-VOTING COULD BE A SOLUTION FOR ELECTIONS : BPPT
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – An electronic voting (e-voting) system for elections in the future could well be a solution to the cumbersome voting process used presently and drastically reduce the use of human resources, an official has said. “An e-voting system is accurate and can reduce the restlessness of people,” Head of electronic voting (e-voting) system at Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) Andrari Grahitandaru said here Thursday (25/4/2019).
The vote count would not just be simplified but electronic voting could ensure an accurate recapitulation of votes. Through the system, the validity of a voter could be verified, he noted.
There is also no need to record votes manually. With e-voting, a voter just has to match his fingerprint on an electronic identity card (e-KTP).
Once a voter enters the polling station, he casts his vote using an electronic touch screen ballot. This enables the voter to cast his ballot privately and independently, and the result of the vote is immediately recorded.
Electronic voting, therefore, can provide efficiency of up to 50 percent when compared to manual voting.
However, electronic voting machines should be used at least five times.
KPU Commissioner Viryan Aziz informed journalists in Jakarta on Tuesday of the deaths of 119 polling station working committee members, and 548 others falling ill. These officials were managing different ballot booths across Indonesia’s 25 provinces.
Some 33 Elections Supervisory Committee members too lost their lives while fulfilling electoral duties, Commissioner of the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) Fritz Edward Siregar confirmed. (mar)
TWITTER WORKS WITH KPU TO VERIFY LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES ACCOUNTS
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Twitter Indonesia Office is collaborating with the General Elections Commission (KPU) to verify the accounts of the legislative candidates standing for this year’s parliamentary elections.
First, the KPU would select the Twitter accounts that need to be verified, which will be followed by Twitter checking them to ensure they meet verification standards. Once the accounts are verified, a healthy conversation can be promoted between the candidates and the people, said the Twitter Indonesia Office blog on Wednesday (3/4/2019).
Considering that the popular social media platform is a place for different segments of society with diverse views, the Twitter Indonesia Office will ensure it upholds the utmost impartiality.
The Twitter Indonesia Office reiterates that it will firmly uphold the principles of openness, transparency, and impartiality. Its products and policies have never been developed based on certain political ideologies.
On April 17, around 192 million eligible voters across Indonesia will flock to polling booths to cast their votes for their representatives at the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representatives Council (DPD), as well as provincial and district/city legislative bodies.
They will also vote for their preferred pair of presidential and vice presidential candidates.
Indonesian citizens living or traveling abroad will also be able to exercise their voting rights in areas determined by the local election committees at the Indonesian embassies, consulate generals, and consulates.
With the due date inching closer, legislative candidates of various political parties are intensifying their efforts to approach community members, who are eligible to vote, including millennials, who are generally first-time voters.
The same strategy is also being applied by the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno pairs. (nat)
TELKOM MAKES INDONESIA “GLOBAL DIGITAL HUB”
Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – State telecommunication operator PT Telkom Indonesia Tbk has completed the sea cable communication system (SKLL) project called Indonesia Global Gateway (IGG), making the country one of the global digital hubs.
“We have completed the IGG sea cable project which makes Indonesia one of the hubs for global internet traffic,” Telkom Indonesia Director of Wholesale and International Services Abdus Somad Arief said in a press statement released on Thursday (21/3/2019).
The operation of the IGG sea cable connects Europe and America through Indonesia, he said.
“SKKL South East Asia-United States (SEA-US) and Southeast Asia Middle East West Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) are connected by IGG, which connects Dumai to Manado,” he said.
IGG is an underwater optic cable system which will connect the Indonesian islands of Sumatra, Batam, Java, Bali, Kalimantan and Sulawesi to Singapore.
NEC Corporation (NEC) is Telkom’s partner for cable with a speed of 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) x 80 wavelength (wl) x 4 optic fiber pair (fp), which spans about 5,300 kilometers to connect the major cities in Indonesian such as Dumai, Batam, Jakarta, Madura, Bali, Makassar, Balikpapan, Takaran and Manado to Singapore.
IGG provides direct connections between two international underwater cable systems. One of them is from Europe (SEA-ME-WE 5) with Dumai at the tip and the other from the western coast of the United States (SEA-US) with Manado as the tip.
TelkomGroup is part of sea cable consortium SEA-ME-WE 5 and SEA-US. (rhm)
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