Jakarta: The government ispreparing 32 thousand security personnel to guard trials of presidential election dispute in the Constitutional Court (MK) this month.
"There are around 32 thousand security personnel. They mainly consist of police and military personnel," National Police (Polri) spokesman Senior Commissioner Asep Adi Saputra told the press on Wednesday.
"The first trial will be held on June 14. The verdict will be announced on June 28," the Polri official noted.
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, Jokowi gathered 85,607,362 votes or 55.5 percent of the votes. On the other hand, Prabowo collected 68,650,239 votes or 45.5 percent of the votes.
Not long afterwards, Prabowo openly expressed his rejection to the KPU's official tabulation result. Few days later, Prabowo's campaign team filed a legal challenge in MK.
In order to run for presidency, Jokowi was endorsed by PDI Perjuangan, Golkar Party, PKB, PPP, NasDem Party, Hanura Party, PKPI, PBB and PSI. In the meantime, Prabowo was supported by Gerindra Party, Democratic Party, PKS, PAN and Berkarya Party.
"They public should remain calm. They should continue their daily activities," Asep remarked.
"All stakeholders should help ease political tensions. They should not mobilize people from outside Jakarta," he concluded.