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Ahead of the 2019 Election

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Four months ahead of the 2019 General Election (elections) the frenzy of democratic parties that lasted once in five years was increasingly felt. There are several problems that arise, starting from the problem of the rights of persons with mental disabilities in the General Election, the discovery of the Electronic Population Identity Card (e-KTP) is damaged and scattered, to the quality of the ballot boxes.
The invasion of electronic KTP was invalid (broken) and scattered, making some parties, especially those who have interests in the upcoming 2019 elections, worried about fraud. For this reason, Interior Minister Tjahjo Kumolo has instructed his ranks to assign the Population and Civil Registration Service to carry out extermination.
In addition to the KTP problem, there is now a problem with the quality of the ballot box. A number of politicians in the House of Representatives Senayan again fussed about the potential for fraud when the vote was held.
This time the trigger was the decision of the General Election Commission (KPU) to use a waterproof or cardboard cardboard ballot box which is also popular as a cardboard ballot box. There are a number of parties who question the use of ballot boxes made from soft materials rather than aluminum, because they are prone to damage or damage to the purpose of fraud.
In Article 341 of the Election Law which is an agreement of a political party in the rRkyat Representative Council (DPR) it is stated that the ballot box must be transparent and the ballots in it can be seen. Actually it is on this basis that the KPU procures again to replace the old ballot box made of aluminum.
Sound boxes made from cardboard are actually not new. This type has been used in a number of polling stations in the 2014 election and in three simultaneous regional elections that have been held, namely 2015, 2017 and 2018.
The use of cardboard ballot boxes in the elections to be held on April 17, 2019 departs from the spirit of budget efficiency. This is done because there has been an increase in the number of polling stations almost doubling in the upcoming elections.
The potential for fraud in the election, both at the time of voting, when distributing ballots and when recapitulation of votes, is indeed worth watching out together. However, it does not mean that any election management policy must be suspected. Cheating can occur not because the ballot box is made of what material, but because of weak supervision.
To reduce this frenzy, the General Election Commission and the Election Supervisory Body (Bawaslu) must truly ensure the voting process at the polling stations, the distribution of voting conditions until the recapitulation is safe from fraud. Simultaneous elections which become a new test for the maturity of the Indonesian nation in this democracy must be guaranteed to run honestly and fairly.

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