What we did: Actively encouraged inclusivity and accountability in Indonesian elections via engagement with policymakers and practitioners.

What we achieved: Based on evidence provided by International IDEA, electoral policymakers in Indonesia started to prepare e-voting options with ample time for planning and testing.

Who we did it with: The Network for Democracy and Electoral Integrity (Netgrit)

Impact area: Electoral Processes 

Funding: Unrestricted, Core

Boundary partners: Electoral policymakers

 

Indonesian elections have, for the last two decades, been marred by the manipulation of results by election officials, political parties and candidates. Much of this stems from the manual nature of tallying votes. Among the procedures being discussed to stop such vote corruption are electronic voting in general and e-recapitulation systems—essentially electronically rechecking the tallying at all levels—in particular.

International IDEA organized a webinar on 1 September 2021, with the Network for Democracy and Electoral Integrity (Netgrit). It was attended by Ahmad Doli Kurnia Tandjung, chair of the parliamentary committee responsible for elections in Indonesia. Tandjung said that he saw more value in investing in e-recapitulation technology than in simple electronic voting, which has been used in regional elections since December 2020 without eliminating the fraud problem. 

Part of the 2020 failure was lack of preparation and insufficient testing and training. Tandjung agreed with the webinar sponsors’ view that preparations for an e-recapitulation system must be made with ample time for planning and testing. He also agreed that Indonesia’s existing legal framework for elections should be abandoned rather than amended and that study was needed on the best options for Indonesia. A new legal framework can be adjusted accordingly—for example, to allow result tally forms to be redesigned. 

 

Knowledge resources: 

Introducing Electronic Voting Policy Paper (English)

Introducing Electronic Voting Policy Paper (Bahasa Indonesia)

Adoption of Voting Technology: A Guide for Electoral Stakeholders in Indonesia (English)

Adoption of Voting Technology: A Guide for Electoral Stakeholders in Indonesia (Bahasa Indonesia)

 

Relevant links:

Rethinking the Use of Electronic Vote Recapitulation in Indonesia’s Future Elections webinar, 1 September 2021