February 26, 2024

Monitoring Election Fraud with the JagaSuara2024 Application

Koalisi Jaga Suara 2024 [the Jaga Suara 2024 Coalition] launched an election monitoring movement through the JagaSuara2024 application. This effort aims to safeguard the votes of the voters in the 2024 elections to prevent easy manipulation. The emergence of this movement is expected to oversee the vote counting results at each Polling Station (TPS) when the election organizers are perceived to be working less than optimally.

“We all feel that our elections have many issues coming from the election organizers as well, so it is necessary to monitor together. The main thing is the vote counting results at the Polling Stations (TPS) that we will watch,” said Hadar Nafis Gumay, a member of the Jaga Suara 2024 Coalition, during the launch of the JagaSuara2024 Movement in the Kuningan area, South Jakarta (1/16).

Hadar explained that the JagaSuara2024 application requires the participation of citizens who care about the elections because the platform utilizes the collection of public data. The working mechanism of the application, according to Hadar, is very simple; you just need to take a photo of the vote recapitulation results at each Polling Station (TPS). “After taking the photo, then check whether the reading results of the application are correct or not,” he added.

Furthermore, he explained that after users take photos of the notes on the implementation of voting and vote counting at the Polling Station (Form C1), the application will detect them using optical character recognition (OCR) to extract text from the image. If the photos are correct and not mistaken, the results will be immediately sent to the management center, and then the results will be visible to the public. However, according to Hadar, for the time being, the JagaSuara24 application can be used for monitoring the Presidential Election and the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia (DPR RI).

“So, people take photos, check, and send them to JagaSuara2024. We hope they also spread it on their social media to encourage everyone to participate. Once it’s widely circulated, it will be difficult to change (manipulate) the votes,” explained Hadar.

The Director of the Network for Democracy and Electoral Integrity (Netgrit) hopes for the broadest possible participation of the community in the JagaSuara2024 Movement. According to him, even though the supervision process is carried out by the organizers, the public needs to monitor it so that the purity of the people’s votes is well maintained, and there is no cheating in the vote counting process.

“The Jaga Suara 2024 Coalition, in the remaining 28 days before the vote, will work hard to encourage public participation,” he concluded. []

Translated by Catherine Natalia