18 July 2014: Tech-savvy Indonesians monitor vote count in disputed poll, by Angela Dewan, Agence France-Presse

… This has been made possible by the election commission’s decision to make all vote tally forms publicly available for the first time. Forms showing vote counts from each polling station are photographed and uploaded to the commission’s official website.

One innovation being used to monitor the count is a crowd-sourcing app called Kawal Suara (Guard the Vote), which has attracted more than 5,000 people since it went online Saturday.

“I never expected so many people to take part in this so quickly,” the app’s creator, Reza Lesmana, told AFP, describing it as a “social experiment”.

“But with quick counts showing different results and the margin between candidates quite small, I guess there’s been a lot of interest”…

17 July 2014: Eagle-eyed Indonesians await vote count, by Alice Budisatrijo, BBC

… Now the Election Commission in the world’s third-largest democracy has the unenviable task of counting the results from nearly half a million polling stations across some 8,000 islands – in front of a nation fixated on the result…

… To ensure transparency, the Election Commission has been uploading forms that show the results from all polling stations to its website.

But it gets difficult to monitor from there. The numbers get tabulated at village, sub-district, district and provincial levels before a national result can be concluded.

Unwilling to trust the process, a crowd-sourcing project calledkawalpemilu.org attracted some 700 volunteers to add the numbers themselves from the forms on the Election Commission website.

So far, the netizens have processed results from 92% of all polling stations, giving Jokowi, as Mr Widodo is known, a 53% lead over his rival’s 47%…

Election night celebrations by Jokowi supporters.

Election night celebrations by Jokowi supporters.

16 July 2014: Voting Number 1, by Roanne Van Voorst, New Mandala

… It’s the day before the Presidential elections. Ibu Oda grins when she reaches deep in her handbag and takes out an envelope. ‘Yesterday they offered me money to vote for Prabowo’, she whispers, while showing me the contents. “Do not forget who cares for you”, they told me. “I just accepted the money and voted for Jokowi nevertheless. What can I say in my own defence? I am poor, and I need the money. While the last thing I need is Prabowo to become president. No matter what those people claim, he will only make my life more difficult, as he could not care less about people living in slums like this”…

DEBAT CAPRES BALAI SARBINI I14 July 2014: Jokowi’s High Road a Mistake, by Joshua Kurlantzick, Council on Foreign Relations

… Jokowi appears to be counting on Prabowo being, as Jokowi has put it a “statesman” in accepting Prabowo’s likely defeat. Good luck. More dangerously, Jokowi’s organization, which has relied on volunteers throughout its terrible election campaign, as compared to Prabowo’s well-financed and highly organized operation, seems ready to rely primarily on volunteers to monitor the vote counting around the archipelago. As a result, most analyses suggest that Jokowi is likely to have observers at a smaller fraction of vote counting sites than Prabowo’s team will. Fewer counting observers will potentially make it easier for Prabowo’s allies to commit voter fraud, particularly in Prabowo strongholds where the retired general already has won the support of powerful local officials who can meddle in the vote counting process…

14 July 2014: VIDEO: Prabowo Subianto on BBC World News Impact

indonesian-presidential-election-2014110 July 2014: Jokowi and Prabowo in Social Media, Jakarta Globe

… Discussions about them are taking place everywhere: in homes, at work, in schools and in cabs. Singapore-based Internet watchdog Joy Intermedia has measured the online activity related to these candidates in social media. Joy Intermedia shares with you the results of the analysis of the internet discussions related to both candidates within the last week of the campaign period.

10 July 2014: Twitter, Facebook Made a Splash in Indonesia’s Election, by Sara Schonhardt, Wall Street Journal

… Nearly 95 million election-related tweets were sent out from the start of the year, according to internal data from Twitter, which tracked how the conversation intensified in the final month before the vote…

05 July 2014: Indonesia’s Youth Running Creative Campaigns, by Sara Schonhardt, Wall Street Journal

… Pingkan Irwin, 28, a founder of Ayo Vote, a neutral youth group that has organized weekly debate-watching parties, believes young voters are more engaged and excited about the election than in the past. She says the energy is coming from youths frustrated by years of political gridlock.


“We complain a lot that things are not going well in the country, but we can’t keep complaining,” said Ms. Irwan. “This is the time when [youths] have to be active…It’s a turning point”…

02 July 2014: 4 Things Helping Color Indonesia’s Election Campaign, by Sara Schonhardt & Anita Rachman, Wall Street Journal

… Much of the country’s creative community has mobilized behind Mr. Widodo, with hundreds of musicians backing a part of his platform that calls for a new way of thinking about leadership. Mr. Subianto has had less success grabbing grassroots creativity, but his social media machine – scores of middle-class youths (their average age is 25) who work around the clock – have proven a disciplined and well organized force…

25 June 2014: Facebook has 69 million active users in Indonesia, launches election tracker, by Enricko Lukman, Tech in Asia

… The Indonesian election tracker can monitor who’s the most popular presidential candidate based on the number of mentions posted on Facebook. Users can check their popularity based on geographical data and time as well. Unfortunately, the tracker doesn’t differentiate between positive and negative sentiments when people mention the candidates…

27 May 2014: Indonesia’s Social Media Generation Speaks Up on Matters of the Future, by Adelia Anjani Putri, Jakarta Globe

… “People, including young people, are speaking up now more than they did in the legislative election because now they know who the candidates running are,” says Titi Anggarini from the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem), a poll watchdog and advocacy group.


“Discussions are now more specific and focused. People are more open to political talk, especially when the media is constantly bombarding them with updated news and issues.”


Titi says the discourse this time around is more intense than in the 2009 and 2004 elections, but admits it’s not fair to draw direct comparisons.


“Voters, especially younger ones, are more approachable now. With the rise of social media and many other electronic media, young people are more exposed and able to speak up about political issues, which used to be the domain of older people,” she says, adding that young people have a laundry list of qualities that they want to see in their next president: good vision, committed to a more open government, a great motivator, and so on.

17 May 2014: OPED: E-voting for Indonesia?, by Keoni Indrabayu Marzuki, New Straits Time 

… Indonesia will hold its presidential elections on July 9, three months after its legislative elections last month. As with past elections, Indonesia faces technical challenges, such as ballot printing, circulation, counting and disposal.


Indonesia should consider opting for the electronic voting (e-voting) mechanism to alleviate such problems and eliminate the logistical nightmare that occurs in every election year…

Tanzeem Group founder Robert Becker watching World Cup with fellow Argentina fans in Jakarta.

Tanzeem Group founder Robert Becker watching World Cup with fellow Argentina fans in Jakarta.