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POLICE CONFIRM 32 THOUSAND SECURITY PERSONNEL TO SECURE KPU BUILDING

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The National Police spokesman, Brigen, Dedi Prasetyo.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Some 32 thousand police and military personnel will be stationed to secure the General Elections Commission (KPU) building prior to the commission’s official declaration of manual vote-recapitulation results of the recent elections on May 22.

The deployment of security apparatus to protect the KPU building will be done two days prior to its announcement of the official results of the recent parliamentary and presidential elections, the National Police spokesman, Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo informed journalists here on Monday (13/5/2019).

The mass deployment of personnel is a precautionary measure against attacks by terrorists looking to utilize the opportune moment of the KPU’s official announcement on the election results, as the police had received information of the planned attacks, he explained.

“There are indications of terrorists possibly launching their attacks when masses throng the KPU building. We should take precautionary measures to thwart such acts optimally,” he emphasized.

Prasetyo noted that the stationed security personnel will also protect the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) building and several national vital objects, adding that four security rings will be applied around and near the KPU building’s neighborhood areas.

The first security ring will lie inside the KPU building, while the second security ring will encompass the area around the commission’s building, the third security ring will be located at the KPU building’s yard, and the fourth security ring will be centered on the roads around the KPU building, he stated.

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

On Apr 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 people also exercised their franchise for their chosen presidential and vice presidential candidate pair at over 800 thousand polling stations across the archipelagic nation.

An exit poll conducted by the Prabowo-Sandi pair camp indicated them to have won 55.4 percent of the votes, Coordinator of the pair’s National Winning Body’s spokespersons Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak pointed out.

Simultaneously, quick count results extracted from several pollsters broadcast live by several television stations showed a steady lead for the Joko Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin pair, surpassing the Prabowo-Sandi pair.

Both camps are currently looking forward to the KPU’s real count, as the final result is legally binding. (kap)

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PRABOWO-SANDI PAIR APPOINTS HASYIM DJOJOHADIKUSUMO TO FILE SUIT AT MK

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Presidential Candidate for 2019, Prabowo Subianto and 2019 Vice President Candidate, Sandiaga Uno at a press conference at Jalan Kertanegara, Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta, Wednesday (05/22/2019).

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – Prabowo Subianto’s brother, Hashim Djojohadikusumo, has been appointed to represent the Prabowo-Sandi pair in filing a lawsuit at the Constitutional Court (MK) to challenge presidential election results.

“Mr. Hashim Djojohadikusumo has been appointed to lead our team of lawyers. Tomorrow, prior to the deadline, a team of lawyers will file a lawsuit at the Constitutional Court,” Vice Presidential candidate number 02 Sandiaga Uno said here on Thursday (23/5/2019).

Speaking at the residence of Presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo Subianto on Kertanegara IV Street, Uno said filing the lawsuit at MK was a measure that the Prabowo-Sandi pair will take to ensure that they remain on the constitutional road.

On Friday, the Prabowo-Sandi pair will announce its team of lawyers who will represent them at the Constitutional Court, he said, adding that senior lawyer Otto Hasibuan’s role in the team would also be disclosed on Friday.

Coordinator of the Prabowo-Sandi camp’s Spokesperson Dahnil Anzar Simanjuntak said earlier that his group’s team of lawyers would comprise Rikrik Rizkian, Bambang Widjojanto, Irman Putra Sidin, and Denny Indrayana.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) has announced the final results of the recent parliamentary and presidential elections, detailing the victory of the Joko Widodo (Jokowi)-Ma’ruf Amin pair on early Tuesday.

The final tally that the KPU announced at around 1:28 a.m. indicated that the Jokowi- Amin pair had secured 85 million votes, or 55.5 percent of the national vote, as compared to contenders Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno’s with 68 million votes, or 44.5 percent.

The Jokowi-Amin pair declared victory, while the Prabowo-Sandi pair rejected the KPU’s official results and vowed to challenge it by filing an official complaint with the Constitutional Court (MK).

This unfinished political process sparked a mass protest from the Prabowo-Sandi pair’s supporters, who alleged massive fraud during the presidential elections.

The police allowed demonstrators to stage a rally until they finished performing Tarawih, the evening prayers during the holy month of Ramadan. As told by National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo, peaceful demonstrators left the Bawaslu building area at around 9 p.m. local time.

However, according to Prasetyo, two hours later, some 100 people again gathered in front of the Bawaslu building and destroyed the barbed-wired barricades. Instead of leaving the scene, they attacked the police by throwing stones, wood, and Molotov cocktails at them.

Tensions rose and led to a riot in the Tanah Abang area of Central Jakarta from Tuesday evening to early Wednesday (22/5/2019).

The post-election riot has claimed eight lives and injured 541 rioters, as of Thursday at 11.00 a.m., Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said. (sya)

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POLICE FORM INVESTIGATION TEAM AFTER DEATHS OF POST-ELECTION RIOTERS

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Inspector General Muhammad Iqbal, of the National Police.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The Indonesian Police will set up a team to investigate the deaths of seven demonstrators during the post-election protest held in a number of areas in Jakarta on May 21-22, 2019.

“The number of dead victims is seven. This is based on reports that we have received, while nine police officers suffered injuries,” Inspector General Muhammad Iqbal, spokesman of the National Police, said here on Thursday (23/5/2019).

Chief of the Indonesian Police, General Tito Karnavian, has appointed Commissioner General Moechgiyarto, inspector of the Police General Supervision, to lead the investigation team.

The team will work to determine the cause of the deaths and investigate all aspects of the clashes with demonstrators.

He said police officers did not bring live bullets when securing the protest, but were armed with shields, batons, and helmets. They were also supported by water cannons and tear gas.

The Police procedure in dealing with demonstrators prioritizes persuasion, human approaches and displaying police symbols, he said.

He noted that the Police response is always proportional between how large a threat is and the strength of the police forces in dealing with a large demonstration.

Meanwhile, Governor of Jakarta Anies Baswedan said on Thursday that the death count of demonstrators climbed to eight, while 737 were injured.

Also, some 300 people were arrested by Police during the two-days of clashes. (shk)

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JAKARTA RIOTS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY INVESTIGATED : MUHAMMADIYAH

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Secretary General of the Muhammadiyah Central Leadership, Abdul Mu'ti.

Greatindonesia.co.id, Jakarta – The disturbances which took place in several areas in Jakarta should be investigated, the Muhammadiyah Central Leadership has said.

“The riots must be thoroughly investigated and resolved through legal channels,” Secretary General of the Muhammadiyah Central Leadership Abdul Mu’ti said in Jakarta on Thursday (23/5/2019).

He remarked that the chaos had tarnished the nation’s democracy, which is based on wisdom. He noted that the perpetrators were anarchists who seek to damage the life of the nation and state.

Abdul Mu’ti praised the attitudes of presidential and vice presidential candidates who competed in a healthy manner and resolved election problems using constitutional methods.

The presidential candidates conveyed positive statements in the face of the national political situation.

“All parties should promote practices of statesmanship. As a result, the entire democratic process runs well,” Abdul Mu’ti stated.

In addition, he said, the Constitutional Court (MK), when handling complaints, should reflect the nation’s aspirations and carry out its functions fairly, objectively, professionally, and independently.

The MK should take note of violations and frauds that have strong evidence, in a bid to meet the demands of justice.

The Constitutional Court’s decision must be respected and all parties must end the political process of the 2019 Election in a constitutional manner, he said.

Abdul Mu’ti also stated that all parties should re-unite to develop Indonesia.

Chairperson of the Muhammadiyah Central Leadership Haedar Nashir earlier insisted that presidential candidate number 01 Joko Widodo (Jokowi) meet with presidential candidate number 02 Prabowo at the earliest to put an end to tensions arising after the vote count by the General Election Commission (KPU).

“The Muhammadiyah central executive board has, since the start, along with Islamic organizations, met with Vice President Jusuf Kalla and have put forth an appeal and invitation that Jokowi and Prabowo meet,” Nashir remarked.

Based upon the statements of Jokowi and Prabowo, Nashir believes that the duo are attempting to establish a friendship.

“It might be a matter of time. Yesterday, we heard President Jokowi conveying a positive statement and an invitation to end the tensions in this situation. Moreover, Prabowo and Sandi also said that all should follow the constitutional path, and there should be no violence and all should remain peaceful,” Nashir noted. (ant)

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