Jakarta. The Jakarta Police will shut down access to the the Hotel Indonesia roundabout in Central Jakarta and redirect traffic for half the day on Friday to conduct an election security simulation.
Adj. Sr. Comr. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo, the deputy director for the Jakarta Traffic Police, told the state-run Antara news agency on Thursday that the road between the traffic circle and the Japanese Embassy on Jalan Thamrin would be closed between 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. He suggested that commuters travel before or after the traffic reroute to avoid gridlock.
The road is being shut down because the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) building is located in the area.
Bawaslu member Nelson Simanjuntak said that the simulation is necessary for the preparation of the upcoming legislative and presidential elections, slated for April 9 and July 9, respectively.
"I think the Jakarta Police have chosen a good method to handle the impact of the simulation," Nelson said as quoted by news portal Detik.com.
Jakarta Police Spokesman Sr. Comr. Rikwanto apologized for the inconvenience.
"We're doing this for the sake of security," Rikwanto said as quoted by Detik. "It won't last long."