Military, Police conduct roll call on preparations for elections

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) and the Indonesian Police conduced a joint roll call ceremony on preparations for peaceful and safe legislative and presidential elections, in Jakarta Expo Kemayoran, Jakarta on Sunday.

A number of fully armed military and police personnel participated in the ceremony. After the roll call, they would be deployed to guard the preparations for the implementation of simultaneous legislative and president elections to be organized on April 17, 2019.

The General Election Commission (KPU) organized the final presidential debate on Saturday evening. Indonesia is currently entering a cooling-off period from Sunday until the D-day on Wednesday (April 17).

This year’s race will be a re-run of the bitter 2014 presidential election that showcased the country’s divide, as Joko Widodo (Jokowi) went head-to-head with retired general Prabowo Subianto. Incumbent Jokowi has picked prominent ulema Ma’ruf Amin as his running mate, while Subianto has chosen successful and young businessman Sandiaga Uno as his pair.

The General Elections Commission (KPU) recently announced that the total number of eligible voters included in the Officially Voters’ List (DPT) is 192,866,254 people, comprising .190.779.969 eligible voters living across Indonesia, and 2,086,285 Indonesians overseas.

KPU Chairman Arief Budiman said on April 8, 2019, the commission has set up 809,699 polling stations throughout Indonesia.

Source: ANTARA News