Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has instructed the National Police (Polri), the National Armed Forces (TNI) and other related government agencies to prevent any electoral conflicts.
"I have ordered ministers, government agency heads, Polri chief General Tito Karnavian, TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, BIN head Budi Gunawan to maintain security and stability," President Jokowi told a limited cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
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 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.
On the election day, the polling stations were guarded by 270 thousand police officers and 70 thousand military personnel. In addition, police and military were assisted by 1.6 million community protection (linmas) officers.
"Rising political tensions should not affect security, stability and public safety," President Jokowi noted.
This year, 16 national political parties participated on a national level. In the meantime, Four local political parties participated in Aceh province.
Similar with the 2014 presidential race, this year's presidential race was contested Jokowi and Prabowo Subianto. Five years ago, Jokowi won 53 percent of the votes against the Gerindra Party chairman.
According to reports, almost all quick count surveys showed that Jokowi is the likely winner of the 2019 presidential race. However, Jokowi urged his supporters to wait for KPU's official announcement.
"The public should not worry about the current political situations," President Jokowi remarked.