Gov’t urges the KPU to update data to avoid falsification

Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko. Photo: DOC. SETKAB RI

IO – Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko encourages the General Elections Commission (KPU) to update data, synchronize and work together for Satu Data Indonesia (One Data Initiative). This is necessary to avoid falsified data that can be misused by irresponsible individuals or politicians to manipulate election results.

“We have to prevent fake data from being used for registration of political parties, independent candidates or regional heads that will result in people who don’t represent the people’s choices becoming leaders,” said Moeldoko at a webinar “One Election Data for One Data Initiative” held by the KPU, Wednesday (12/1/2021).

President Joko Widodo issued Satu Data Indonesia (SDI) in Presidential Regulation No. 39/2019. This policy is expected to solve many data problems in the country, such as the difficulty of obtaining up-to-date and quality data, due to the lack of coordination between institutions. Oftentimes, data obtained between institutions overlaps and is unsynchronized.

“In the process of debottlenecking, we often found it difficult to get uptodate data. So, the Executive Office of the President (KSP) together with Bappenas and other key ministries/institutions initiates and formulates this SDI policy,” said Moeldoko.

Moeldoko added that the SDI policy led by the Minister of National Development Planning/Head of Bappenas also functions to structure the regulatory and institutional framework and provide data in an open format. This way, the government data will be integrated and easily distributable among institutions and agencies. “Government policies must be based on data. And this shows an effort to maintain transparency and accountability of government work,” he continued.

Moeldoko hopes that the data collection and updates by the KPU are not only designated to be useful in the 2024 election, but also for other government programs. “KSP is ready to cooperate and support the KPU for data management integration,” he said. (des)