Survey finds social media discussion, reporting on election fraud still trending

Source – February 24, 2024
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Ambaranie Nadia Kemala Movanita, Jakarta – Drone Emprit founder Ismail Fahmi says that there is still a great deal of discussion and news reports on the issue of election fraud during the 2024 elections.

This is based on an Emprit Drone analysis of trends on social media and online media reports between February 14 and February 23. In other words, on voting day up until one week afterwards, there is still a great deal of discussion on the issue.

"Since voting on February 14 until a week later, February 23, more than a week, the trend of conversation and reporting on the issue of fraud in the elections is still very high", said Fahmi in a press statement broadcast on Kompas TV's YouTube channel on Saturday February 24.

"This shows there is public attention. And the issue of fraud is very much colouring the elections at the moment", he added.

The issue of fraud can be divided into two groups, namely before the vote and after voting day.

Cheating before the vote in the form of political intervention, ethical violations and abuse of authority at the Constitutional Court.

"Then cheating on and post voting day, namely alleged fraud in the Sirekap system", said Fahmi, referring to the Recapitulation Information System used by the General Elections Commission (KPU).

"If supposing this is true, then I think it's important for it to be input for the General Elections Commission and the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) through a forensic audit", he continued.

The goal being so election organisers can prove that the Sirekap system that is being used by the KPU is not problematic as suspected by the public.

"This, all these allegations, I think it is important that there is a full clarification. Mainly by using a forensic audit related to the existing system", added Fahmi.

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was "Drone Emprit Sebut Isu Kecurangan Masih Ramai Diperbincangkan Usai Pemilu".]