Jakarta: Jakarta Metro Police spokesperson Senior Commissioner Raden Prabowo Argo Yuwono has announced that police and other related agencies will deploy around two thousand personnel to guard the second presidential election debate.
"We will deploy around two thousand personnel. It will comprise police, military and local officers," the Jakarta Metro Police spokesperson told reporters on Thursday, February 14, 2019.
Indonesia will hold the first ever simultaneous general and presidential elections on April 17. Voters will elect the president, vice president as well as members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
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According to General Elections Commission (KPU), more than 190 million people will be eligible to vote this year. In addition to that, around 800 thousand polling stations will be opened on the voting day.
In order to run for presidency, Incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is endorsed by PDIP, Golkar Party, PKB, PPP, NasDem Party, Hanura Party, PKPI, PBB, Perindo Party and PSI. On the other hand, opposition leader Prabowo Subianto is supported by Gerindra Party, Democratic Party, PAN, PKS and Berkarya Party.
"We will manage traffic outside the venue. We will prepare a number of measures," the police official added.
KPU will hold five presidential election debates from January to April. All of the debates will be staged in the capital city of Jakarta.
The second debate will take place at Sultan Hotel in Central Jakarta on February 17. The questions will focus on infrastructure, natural resources, environment, agriculture food security and energy.
KPU earlier picked anchors Anisa Dashuki and Tommy Tjokro as the moderators of the second debate. The agency then announced eight academicians and activists as the members of the debate panel.