Indonesia's General Elections Commission (KPU) (Photo: ntaranews.com)
 
Jakarta (VNA) – The General Elections Commission of Indonesia (KPU) is suggested to audit its information technology system ahead of the parliamentary and presidential elections, due to be held simultaneously on April 17, a cyber security expert said.

The audits were focused on technology, information security, as well as data and information system, among others, Antara news agency cited Pratama Persadha, former head of the Encryption Agency's team for security the KPU's IT security of the 2014 General Elections, as saying.

He said the audit can be carried out by the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN).

Pershada, who is also chairman of the Communication and Information System Security Research Centre (CISSReC) of Indonesia, defended the KPU's rejection over the allegation that the KPU had an overseas server.

Hasyim Asy'ari, a KPU commissioner, remarked that all computer servers are in Indonesia. Hence, the accusation that the KPU will count votes through the IT system is untrue.

A manual counting will be done at the respective polling stations and the outcomes maintained in C1 Forms that will then be collected and counted at the sub-district-, district-, and provincial-level as well as ultimately on a nationwide scale.

On April 17, around 192 million eligible voters across Indonesia will flock to polling booths to cast their votes for their representatives at the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representatives Council (DPD), as well as provincial and district/city legislative bodies.

They will also vote for their preferred pair of presidential and vice presidential candidates. Five debates of candidates and their running mates were held during Indonesia’s presidential campaign.-VNA