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Verifying members of political parties is a daunting task: KPU

The sun was scorching this afternoon. However, this did not deter the three female members of the Bandarlampung General Election Commission (KPU) from going door to door checking citizens whose names were on the political party membership rolls.

As they worked that afternoon, the sun was beating down hard, and soon it gave way to rain. Nevertheless, the KPU members remained in good spirits.

Smiling, they went from place to place until they found the address listed in the sample data.

Finding the addresses of political party members for fact-checking is no small feat in the city of Bandarlampung, Lampung, which covers an area of ​​197.22 square kilometers and has a population of about 1.2 million. .

The hilly terrain of the town of Bandarlampung presented another challenge to the KPU team in accomplishing their task.

According to data received by the KPU in Bandarlampung, the town has 2,897 political party members spread across 20 sub-districts and 126 villages.

As stipulated by the regulations, there are three methods to carry out a fact check: meeting in person or door-to-door, using information technology or gathering members at the office of each political party.

Bandarlampung City KPU Commissioner Ika Kartika, who was one of three women on the verification team, likened the process of fact-checking political party members to a needle in a boot of hay.

This comparison was not without reason. Sometimes, after the KPU team has reached an address, they find that the person in question no longer lives there or is on the move.

In addition, finding the addresses of political party members became more difficult when the political party liaison officer did not accompany them. However, the obligations and duties of an election organizer still had to be fulfilled.

Another challenge to overcome was reaching members of political parties whose houses were located in hard-to-reach areas, such as hilly areas or narrow lanes that could only be traversed by two-wheeled vehicles or on foot. .

In addition to the topographical challenges, the Bandarlampung KPU team also had to provide understanding and give explanations to residents whose names had been listed as members of political parties.

“It’s difficult and it takes time because they feel like they’ve never joined a political party. Sometimes someone gets angry and asks, ‘How come?’ (So,) they ask KPU officers. It takes time to make them understand,” Kartika explained.

According to Chairman of Bandarlampung City KPU, Dedi Triyadi, during the fact-checking process, the KPU had some difficulty in finding the addresses listed in the sample data because some people did not provide their complete address, such as the alley, the RT (neighborhood unit), or RW (community unit) numbers.

Second, limited human resources constituted another obstacle to verification in the field. To remedy this, KPU Bandarlampung has even deployed State apparatus (ASN) serving as secretarial staff to carry out the checks.

According to Triyadi, five of the ten addresses were difficult to find, while the remaining 50% of those listed were in fact not members of political parties, although some were indeed members.

Despite the many challenges encountered in implementing the verification, the 20 verifiers tasked with verifying the political party membership sample performed optimally, with the factual verification of membership in the Bandarlampung political party reaching 75%. The process was still ongoing as of November 4, 2022.

The chairman of the General Election Monitoring Agency (Bawaslu) in Bandarlampung, Candrawansah said it was difficult to find party members in their homes.

The completed factual verification on the ground will continue by bringing together members of the political parties that the teams met during the door-to-door verification from 2 to 4 November.

Bawaslu reminded that members of political parties who could not be found during the fact check should be asked to congregate at political party offices at Bandarlampung town level, and not at other locations.

Video call fact-checking may be used if a member cannot attend the rally, but only for valid and urgent reasons, for example, if they are ill or out of town.

Currently, fact-checking involving the gathering of members at city-level political party offices is still ongoing.

As of November 4, no less than 282 members of Garuda Party (Change Indonesia Movement), 284 members of Labor Party, 297 Perindo or members of Indonesian Unity Party, 283 members of Gelora (Indonesian People’s Wave Party), 284 Hanura or People’s Conscience Party members, 280 PSI (Indonesian Solidarity Party) members, 293 PBB (Crescent and Star Party) members, 327 Ummat (Ummah Party) members and 286 PKN members have been checked by the Bandarlampung KPU.

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