TECH-DRIVEN APPROACH ENHANCES EARLY VOTING PROCESS FOR INDONESIANS IN SABAH

KOTA KINABALU, The use of technology, especially information technology and social media, plays a crucial role in facilitating the process of the General Election (Pemilu) 2024 for Indonesian citizens in Sabah. The Head of the Overseas Election Committee (PPLN) in Kota Kinabalu, Marwan Wardhana, said that the Voter Data System (Sidalih) is an application used to update the latest voter data and also to detect duplication of voter data or multiple voters. To count votes more quickly, effectively, and minimise counting errors, the Electronic Recapitulation System (Sirekap) is used, where the system also provides a transparency mechanism for the 2024 Election. "This time for the 2024 Election, we use more technology like this for data collection and registration tasks; for example, once they are registered in the system, it is certainly known if they use a different identity. "In the manual system used previously, if the record is lost, the voter is not registered; now everyone uses the system, we know whet her the voter is registered or not and their registration information," he told Bernama during the 2024 Election voting at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia (KJRI) in Kota Kinabalu, here, on Sunday. The voting process in Sabah for 158,111 registered voters conducted in Kota Kinabalu took place in two locations, namely the KJRI Kota Kinabalu and the Indonesian School Kota Kinabalu in Sepanggar; while in Tawau, it was held at the Tawau Sports Complex. Marwan said voters can also check their voter data online at the website https://cekdptonline.kpu.go.id/, and voters can also find out their polling place through the website. He said the consulate uses social media including Facebook and Youtube to broadcast information about the election (in Sabah), besides providing the latest details about the 2024 General Election. "We also send invitation (letters); young people prefer to get their information through social media, as well as other technologies, while older people prefer to receive a let ter for the information," he said. Source: BERNAMA News Agency