Jakarta: National Police (Polri) chief General Tito Karnavian and National Armed Forces (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto have confirmed that their agencies are ready to protect trials of presidential election dispute in the Constitutional Court which will take place from June 14 until June 28.
"I will deploy around 17 thousand police officers. Pak Hadi will send around 16 thousand military personnel," Tito told journalists on Thursday.
Indonesia held its first ever simultaneous general and presidential elections on April 17. Voters elected the president, vice president as well as members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.
The General Elections Commission (KPU) concluded the vote recapitulation process at the national level on May 21. KPU named incumbent President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as the winner of the 2019 presidential race.
According to the election agency, the incumbent gathered 85,607,362 votes or 55.5 percent of the votes. On the other hand, his rival Prabowo Subianto collected 68,650,239 votes or 45.5 percent of the votes.
Not long afterwards, the opposition leader expressed his rejection to the KPU's official tabulation result. Few days later, his campaign team filed a legal challenge over accusations of extensive and systematic fraud in the presidential election.
"We think some groups might hold rallies during the trials. But they cannot hold rallies in front of the MK building," Tito noted.
MK reportedly will hold the preliminary trial for the presidential election dispute on Friday. It is scheduled to announce its verdict no later than June 28.