KPU will consider all input regarding ballot simplification

Jakarta (ANTARA)-General Election Commission (KPU) Commissioner Evi Novida Ginting Manik, all suggestions and advice from various elements of society as a whole for election agencies to simplify ballots for the 2024 general election. Guaranteed to consider.

“Proposals and responses from stakeholders and groups will be considered to advance ballot simplification plans,” Manic said in Jakarta on Friday.

Manic added that the Election Commission will continue to hold focus group discussions and follow-up mock elections to get responses and suggestions from voters, local committees, participants and other stakeholders.

She said one of the reasons for amending the ballot was to reduce the high labor pressures faced by members of the local elections committee that runs the polling place. She added that the high pressures they face often caused physical fatigue and even led to the deaths of members of multiple local committees.

According to a 2019 survey conducted by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), she points out that voters are overwhelmed by having to fill out multiple ballots at once, often resulting in a high percentage of invalid votes. did.

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A LIPI study found that voters need a considerable amount of time to open and fold ballots before putting them in the ballot box.

Manic pointed out that simplifying ballots could make voting more efficient by reducing voter time, ballot and box usage.

Before modifying the ballot, she said voters need to consider their ability to distinguish and identify their favorite candidates and political parties. This factor is essential because voters need to show their votes correctly to ensure that they are valid, she added.

Previously, the Election Commission had proposed six ballot designs, Manic said. She reported that the three proposed designs consolidate all five ballots into one, and the other three designs divide the ballots for regional and national elections into two treatises. rice field.

Voters in the 2024 general election will vote to simultaneously elect presidents and members of the House of Representatives (DPR), the Regional Representative Council (DPD), the State Legislature, and the City / District Legislative Council.

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