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Briefing brings a better handle on e-voting app

James Kon

Members of Mukim and Village Consultative Councils in Tutong District will now be able to better utilise the PMKK e-Voting system and mobile application following a briefing at the home of Acting Tutong District Officer Mohd Amirul Hadi bin Haji Mohd Tajudin yesterday.

This was the second of such briefings, following the first held in Temburong District last December.

Mohd Amirul Hadi said, “Alhamdulillah, several mukim penghulu and village head positions (for Tutong District) have been open for e-voting. Insya Allah, the voting of candidates for such positions will be held soon via the mobile app.”

He said Tutong District residents have registered to cast their votes via the e-voting system, demonstrating their support for a system to select a leader for their mukim or village.Mohd Amirul Hadi also encouraged all Tutong District residents to make use of the e-voting system.

Meanwhile, Head of the Local Authorities and Communities Division (District) at the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) Jaimah binti Tuah said, “The PMKK e-Voting system and mobile application was officially launched by Minister of Home Affairs Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awang Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong on October 2, 2021,” adding that “the web-based system is used for vote casting to choose mukim penghulu and village head candidates. It is an additional alternative to the conventional vote casting.”

Acting Tutong District Officer Mohd Amirul Hadi bin Haji Mohd Tajudin speaks at the event
Head of the Local Authorities and Communities Division (District) at the Ministry of Home Affairs Jaimah binti Tuah explains about the system
A section of the attendees at the briefing. PHOTOS: JAMES KON

The system functions to open a terminal for the casting of votes, check on the vote validity, counting of votes and the issue of results and vote validation. It features candidates’ information, checks on the vote figures and serves as a tool to conduct the selection of candidates. The existing server in this system will be used to collect data in one place, to ease the vote counting process and to produce results fast, accurate and efficiently, she said.

Only citizens and permanent residents of Brunei Darussalam aged 18 and above are eligible to vote. Villagers can register as voters in their respective mukim or village. The app can be downloaded via the Google Play Store or App Store.

Meanwhile, registered voters who have moved to a new area need to update their new home address in the Immigration and National Registration Department before continuing to register as a voter to the new village.

Voting dates for candidates will be announced later, obtainable through a notification in the mobile application and a Notification Letter issued by the district office.

The upcoming selection and voting will be used to elect the penghulu of Mukim Lamunin, penghulu of Mukim Kiudang and village head of Kampong Kiudang and Pad Nunok.

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