Jakarta: The National Police is confident that the announcement of the vote count result of this the 2019 presidential race will run smoothly.
"It will be safe. The National Police will be supported by the National Armed Forces (TNI)," National Police spokesperson Inspector General Muhammad Iqbal told the press on Thursday.
The announcement is scheduled to take place at the General Elections Commission (KPU) headquarters in Central Jakarta on May 22. The opposition camp is planning to hold a rally in front of the venue on that day.
Law enforcement agencies will deploy at least 32 thousand security personnel to guard the announcement. Authorities will also monitor social media to prevent any provocative content.
"We will not underestimate social media. Our task force will monitor any provocative content," the National Police official said.
Indonesia held its first-ever simultaneous general and presidential elections on April 17. Voters elected the president, vice president and members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
Based on the official data from KPU, as many as 192 million people were eligible to vote this year. In the meantime, more than 800 thousand polling stations were open across the country.
Similar with the 2014 presidential race, this year's presidential race was only contested between incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Great Indonesia Movement (Gerindra) Party Prabowo Subianto. Five years ago, the former Jakarta governor won 53 percent of the votes against the former Army general.
According to reports, all quick count surveys from respectable pollsters showed that Jokowi is the likely winner of the 2019 presidential race. However, Jokowi urged his supporters to wait for KPU's official announcement.
Prabowo recently said that his coalition will reject the result of the election vote count. The opposition camp alleged that the result is based on a fraudulent tabulation process.