National Police chief General Tito Karnavian (Photo:Medcom/Ilham Pratama)
National Police chief General Tito Karnavian (Photo:Medcom/Ilham Pratama)

Police, Military to Take Firm Action against Perpetrators of Electoral Violence

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Ilham Pratama Putra • 18 April 2019 16:12
Jakarta: National Police (Polri) head General Tito Karnavian and National Armed Forces (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto have warned that authorities will take firm action against people who threaten the security of the country after Wednesday's simultaneous legislative and presidential elections.
 
"Authorities will give zero tolerance to these people. We wil take firm action against them," the Polri leader told a press conference on Thursday.
 
"All stakeholders should not mobilize the masses. They should not hold excessive celebrations or protests," he noted.

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Indonesia held its first-ever simultaneous general and presidential elections yesterday. Voters elected the president, vice president and members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
 
Based on the official data from the General Elections Commission (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.
 
According to reports, the polling stations were guarded by 270 thousand police officers and 70 thousand military personnel. In addition to that, police and military were assisted by 1.6 million community protection (linmas) officers.
 
"It was one of the most complicated elections in the world. We held presidential and legislative elections on the same day," the former Jakarta Police told journalists after holding a meeting with the country's military leader.
 
"We should respected the election process. We should avoid any illegal actions," he remarked.
 
Similar with the 2014 presidential race, this year's 2019 presidential race was contested by Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prabowo Subianto. Five years ago, Jokowi won 53 percent of the votes against Prabowo.
 
Several hours after the polling stations were closed, almost all quick count surveys showed that Jokowi is the likely winner of the 2019 presidential race. However, Jokowi urged his supporters to await KPU's official announcement.
 

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