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Anyone Can Record Vote Counting at Polling Stations, KPU Says

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Anyone Can Record Vote Counting at Polling Stations, KPU Says

Jakarta. The General Election Commission (KPU) has granted permission for the public to stream and record the vote counting at any polling station using cellular phones or other devices to ensure transparency on election day on Wednesday.

More than 204 million registered voters are set to elect a new president and parliament members at the national, provincial, and mayoral levels across the country.

“Voting begins at 7 a.m. and will be closed at 1 p.m. according to the eastern, central, and western time zones in Indonesia,” KPU Chairman Hasyim Asy’ari said in Jakarta on Tuesday,

“Everyone is permitted to record the vote counting at polling stations to ensure accountability, transparency, and integrity of the elections,” he added.

Information about the election procedures and the nearest polling booths is available on the KPU website and can be accessed by entering the unique civil registration number found on the citizen identification card, Hasyim explained.

Voters who do not receive the KPU invitation — which functions as a voter ID — can still cast their votes at the nearest polling booth from their registered residential address.

Every voter will receive five ballot papers to vote for the president, House of Representative members, senators, members of the provincial legislative council, and members of the mayoral legislative council.

Jakarta is the only exception because the capital city does not have a legislative council at the mayoral level, meaning that there are only four ballot papers for every voter.

Indonesia still employs the traditional method of marking ballot papers by making a hole in the candidate’s photograph with a nail available inside a private, screened area.

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The legislative election presents a more complex task with hundreds of unfamiliar candidates representing 18 political parties to choose from.

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