Jakarta: Vice President Jusuf Kalla (JK) is sanguine that Indonesia will stay safe during the ballot counting process until the final results of the 2019 Elections emerge.
"I am an optimist, especially when one looks back at the history of four direct elections when nothing untoward transpired. It is safe," JK remarked following a visit to PT Kawasan Berikat Nusantara, a national industrial zone, in Cakung, Jakarta, on Tuesday.
The vice president pointed to social media becoming a hot bed for controversies arising from differences in results.
Nonetheless, JK believes the day-to-day activities of members of the community remained unaffected.
Kalla also expressed belief that Indonesia's unity would be maintained and upheld.
In addition, JK put forth a suggestion to soon hold a meeting of the presidential candidates -- Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto -- in a bid to placate the public and their loyalists.
According to the vice president, the meeting of presidential candidate number 01 and serial number 02 will be held after Jokowi's envoy meets with Prabowo.
"There is no enemy with the enemy. It is outmoded. It is merely a meeting to pacify the community," JK emphasized.
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.
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. (Antara)