KPU proposes the use of E-Recap in elections to save budgetJakarta

Chairperson of the General Election Commission (KPU) Arief Budiman. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO, Jakarta – Chairperson of the General Election Commission (KPU) Arief Budiman said that a huge volume of ballot papers was printed, delivered and used up in the 2019 Elections. This statement was delivered by Arief in “Reflections on the Results of the 2019 Simultaneous Elections and Preparations for the Simultaneous Election 2020” at the KPU Office, Menteng, Central Jakarta, Wednesday (01/22/2020). “Ladies and gentlemen, you can also see and estimate how much paper needs to be used to produce election logistics, how much energy from nature is needed to support the implementation of our elections,” said Arief.

According to the data presented by Arief, at least 978,471,901 sheets of paper, 58,889,191 envelopes, and 130,746,467,309 forms were printed.

Arief Budiman wants the upcoming elections to be more environmentally-friendly. Therefore, he suggested a digital e-recapitulation and copy system. “One solution we are developing, digital e-recaps and copies, copies of election results are given digitally to election p

Arief said there are many advantages if Indonesia uses e-recapitulation and digital copies. In addition to being environmentally-friendly, it will save more budget and speed up the calculation process. “As well as become environmentally-friendly because the energy from nature that will be absorbed will also be reduced,” Arief said. Discussions related to the recapitulation system (Sirekap) are continuing.

Currently, Indonesia still uses a manual counting system (Situng). “Lastly, we have done simulations and our results have also been discussed with the ITB team; we will thus continue to speed up the process,” he said. The use of Sirekap, continued Arief Budiman, is needed to reduce mistakes and restore public confidence. Therefore, he hopes that in the future, Indonesia can use Sirekap. “To increase public confidence, reduce mistakes, and increase confidence in the election process itself,” he said. (dsy)