Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto (Photo:MI/M Irfan)
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto (Photo:MI/M Irfan)

Govt Discusses Measures to Prevent Post-Election Conflicts

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Theofilus Ifan Sucipto • 16 Mei 2019 16:09
Jakarta: Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto on Thursday said that the government has been discussing measures to prevent social conflicts after the 2019 general elections.
 
"Indonesia has existed for around 73 years due to unity. We should avoid actions that could threaten our unity," the former People's Conscience (Hanura) Party chairman said here on Thursday.
 
Indonesia held its first-ever simultaneous legilslative and presidential elections on April 17. Voters elected the president, vice president and members of national and local legislative bodies on the same day.

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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 chairman Prabowo Subianto. Five years ago, the former Jakarta governor won 53 percent of the votes against the former Army general.
 
Not long after the polling stations were closed, 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 on May 22.
 
Prabowo recently said that his coalition will reject the result of the presidential election vote count. The opposition camp alleged that the result is based on a fraudelent tabulation process.
 
"The public worries about this issue. The government will increase synergy between national and local officials," Wiranto remarked.
 
According to reports, Wiranto led a coordination meeting in Jakarta earlier today. During the forum, he gathered regional leaders from all around the country.
 

(WAH)
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