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East Jakarta has more than 2.2 million eligible voters who cast their votes in 1,461 polling stations., Jakarta – The Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) is awaiting the final results of the manual vote recount for the East Jakarta region, according to KPU Jakarta chairman Betty Epsilon Idroos.

The East Jakarta region’s vote recount was expected to have been finished on Monday before the KPU Jakarta’s plenary meeting was held, she told journalists here on Monday (13/5/2019).

Idroos said the KPU Jakarta had actually set a target of completing the vote recount of the recent parliamentary and presidential elections for Sunday (May 12), but the East Jakarta region had not yet finished its recount. Therefore, the plenary meeting was delayed until Monday.

Meanwhile, the East Jakarta General Elections Commission chairman, Wage Wardana, said the manual vote recount conducted in 10 sub-districts were nearly concluded.

East Jakarta has more than 2.2 million eligible voters who cast their votes in 1,461 polling stations.

In another development, the Indonesian police and military are to deploy 32,000 personnel to safeguard the General Elections Commission (KPU) building ahead of the commission’s official announcement on manual vote-recount results on May 22.

According to the National Police spokesman, Brig.Gen.Dedi Prasetyo, the security agency is to safeguard the KPU building two days before it announces the official results.

The deployment was aimed at anticipating attacks by terrorists who might use the moment of election announcements to trigger attacks.

“There have been indications. They (terrorists) could likely launch their attacks when crowds gather at the KPU building. We need to take anticipatory measures to prevent them from happening,” he said.

As part of the standard operating procedures, the Cyber Crime Unit of the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department has collaborated with the Communication and Informatics Ministry and the Cyber Body and National Encryption Agency (BSSN) to monitor the contents of social media platforms.

On April 17, over 80 percent of the 192 million eligible voters across Indonesia had cast their ballots to elect representatives in the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional Representatives Council (DPD), as well as provincial and district/city legislative bodies.

The public also voted for their preferred presidential and vice presidential candidate pairs at over 800,000 polling stations across the archipelagic nation. (ant)





The mosque received 43 sacrificial animals including 23 cows and 20 goats, Some of the sacrificial animals were from President Joko Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and a number of ministers of the Working Cabinet, Jakarta – The management of Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta invited one thousand people with disabilities to perform Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) prayers at the mosque on Sunday morning.

The management of the mosque, along with the Religious Affairs Ministry and the Presidential Staff Office used the momentum of Idul Adha to start movement called people with disabilities-friendly mosque .

Hence, during the celebration of Idul Adha this time, the management of the mosque invited one thousand people with disabilities to join the Idul Adha prayers and distributed hearing aid among them to be able to hear the Idul Adha sermon at the mosque.

The Idul Adha prayers at Istiqlal Mosque started at around 07.00 a.m. local time. Although the mosque is being renovated, it could accommodate more than 150,000 worshipers on that day.

This year, the mosque received 43 sacrificial animals including 23 cows and 20 goats, Some of the sacrificial animals were from President Joko Widodo, Vice President Jusuf Kalla and a number of ministers of the Working Cabinet

Unlike in the previous years,the mosque did not distribute coupons to receive sacrificial meat this year. Instead, they will distribute the sacrificial meat among the Jakarta residents who are entitled to it in five different zones in the capital.

In addition, the committee of sacrificial animals will not use plastic bags to distribute the meat in compliance with Jakarta Governor Anies Bawesdan’s instruction. (vir)

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Asylum seekers shake hands during Eid Al-Adha celebration at the former office of military command in Kalideres, Jakarta, Sunday August (11/8/2019)., Jakarta – Several Muslim refugees from Afghanistan and Sudan expressed their yearnings of celebrating Eid Al-Adha (the Islamic Day of Sacrifice) at homes.

Shakila, an Afghan national, during an interview at the refugee temporary shelter in Kalideres, Jakarta, Sunday, said that every Eid Al-Adha Day, she and her family would visit relatives, sit together for a feast, and wear new clothes.

She further stated every Eid Al-Adha at home in Afghanistan, her family slaughtered at least five cattle as its price was affordable. After slaying the mammals, Shakila and her family cooked the meat with Afghan’s traditional recipes.

However, none of the traditions were performed as Shakila now had to live in a temporary center at a facility owned by military command in Kalideres, West Jakarta for at least four years.

She and other foreign refugees now still awaited to be relocated to a permanent country by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Not far from Shakila, a foreign refugee from Sudan, Adam Ali also missed celebrating Eid Al-Adha at home. “After praying and asking for forgiveness to family members, I visited their homes, and they paid a visit as well,” Ali stated.

Differed with Shakila who was used to purchase the cattle during the holy day, Ali was used to slay the cattle he raised by himself.

“We raised dozens lambs,” Ali shortly recalled his memory celebrating Eid Al-Adha in Sudan.

Nevertheless, Ali, his wife and his baby along with other 1,000 foreign refugees had to stop performing their usual traditions during Eid Al-Adha Day, as they had been displaced from their homes and separated from their relatives due to the wars and humanitarian conflicts. (sho)

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Al Azhar Mosque would slaughter a total of 27 cows and 526 lambs during the Eid Al-Adha (Islamic Day of Sacrifice) from August 11 to 14., Jakarta – Al Azhar Mosque in Jakarta plans to distribute sacrifice cattle (Qurban) meat among villagers in the islands of Sumatra, Java, Papua, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali and Nusa Tenggara.

Al Azhar Foundation chairman, Shabah Syamsi, stated here on Sunday that the mosque had slaughtered 12 cows and 148 lambs.

The mosque, he added, would slaughter a total of 27 cows and 526 lambs during the Eid Al-Adha (Islamic Day of Sacrifice) from August 11 to 14.

After slaughtering hundreds of cattle, the mosque would distribute the meat among the have nots in Greater Jakarta, Pandeglang District in Banten Province, Purwakarta, Bandung, West Bandung and Cianjur Districts in West Java Province.

Not only in West Java, the sacrifice meat will also be sent to the have nots in Wonogiri, Brebes, Klaten, Magelang, and Cilacap Districts, Central Java Province, Sleman and Kulon Progo Districts, Yogyakarta Special Province, as well as Surabaya and Kediri in East Java Province.

The chairman also said that the Al Azhar Mosque would also distribute the meat to Padang City in West Sumatra, Donggala District in Central Sulawesi, Gowa District in South Sulawesi, Bedugul in Bali, North Lombok, South Timor and Flores in East Nusa Tenggara, and Jayapura City in Papua.

Slaughtering cattle and distributing the meat to the have nots are part of the rituals performed during Eid Al-Adha. Referring to verses in the Quran, the slaughter is aimed to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim or Abraham who sacrificed his son, Prophet Ismail, on God’s command.

As the second annual celebration on the Islamic calendar, Eid Al-Adha marks the completion of Hajj in the holy city of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, while in other countries, Muslim communities will slay a few mammals such as cattle, goat, or lamb as a symbol of obedience to the Almighty God.

In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, Eid Al-Adha is a public holiday. Besides Indonesia, the sacrifice day is also celebrated in other Muslim-majority states such as the Middle East, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Egypt, and Afghanistan. (adi)

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