JAKARTA (Reuters) – More than 10,000 people have volunteered to crowd-source election results posted at polling stations across Indonesia on Wednesday in a real-time bid to thwart attempts at fraud during the biggest single-day election in the world.
Nearly 193 million people are eligible to vote for the Southeast Asian country’s president and thousands of legislative seats, a Herculean logistical feat many fear could be exploited by cheats.
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Tension over alleged election irregularities is already running high between the camps of the two contenders for the presidency, incumbent Joko Widodo and retired general Prabowo Subianto, with charges of suspicious names on electoral rolls and ballot tampering.
An organization called Kawal Pemilu, or Guard the Election, has brought together volunteers from across the sprawling archipelago to post on its website photographs of result tabulations that go up at polling stations to ensure they match official vote tallies.
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The crowd-sourced results on KawalPemilu.org will then be tabulated manually by the organization.
“We aim to be the data back-up plan for the election,” Kawal Pemilu co-founder Elina Ciptadi told Reuters. “To ensure transparency and stop fraud.”
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She said that more than 10,000 volunteers have been verified and 3,000-5,000 more have registered online to join the “election guardians”, who are required to provide their names and Facebook profiles. Another 2,000, many of them Indonesian expatriates, will work as moderators, logging in data.
University student and alumni groups have pledged to help, as have the youth wings of prominent religious organizations, including of the Catholic Church, and of the two largest Muslims organizations, Muhammadiyah and Nahdlatul Ulama.
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Ciptadi and data scientist Ainun Najib, both Indonesian expats who live in Singapore, started the initiative after the last election in 2014 – also a contest between Widodo and Prabowo – when both campaigns declared victory.
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