Army Chief reminds officers to remain neutral during election process

Bandung, W Java Chief of Staff of the Army General Mulyono has reiterated that Army officers must remain neutral during the process of the simultaneous presidential and legislative elections to be held on April 17, 2019.

Moreover, Army officers were not allowed to be involved in practical politics, the general stated here, Monday.

“We must fully understand that the TNI (the Indonesian Defense Forces) belongs to the nation, standing above all groups and not divided by practical politics,” the outgoing chief of staff of the Army stated.

During the 2019 election process, the TNI officers must demonstrate neutrality in politics and help create a conducive, peaceful, and safe situation.

He reminded officers of possible threats, as a degree of polarization exists among members of the public with regard to political support that could potentially trigger violations and conflicts among supporters.

“Hence, I call on every party to remain committed to implementing peaceful elections that are free from riots, demonstrations, and social conflicts that could lead to anarchy and endanger national security and stability,” he cautioned.

The TNI must also forge synergy with the national and local police officers in safeguarding security during the election process.

Indonesia will hold simultaneous presidential and legislative elections on April 17, 2018.

The presidential race will be a repeat of the 2014 elections wherein Jokowi and retired general Prabowo Subianto are set to go head-to-head.

In the next presidential election, Jokowis running mate is Maruf Amin, a prominent ulema or Islamic scholar, while Subianto pairs with Sandiaga Uno, a successful young businessman.

President Jokowi on Nov 22, 2018, installed Andika Perkasa as new Chief of Staff of the Army to succeed Gen Mulyono.

Source: Antara News