Members of the police and military securing the headquarters of the General Elections Commission (KPU) in this file photo. (Antara Photo/Reno Esnir)

Thousands of Security Personnel to Be Deployed Ahead of Election Result Announcement

BY :JAKARTA GLOBE

MAY 09, 2019

Jakarta. Thousands of members the police and military will be deployed to secure key points in the capital when the official results of last month's presidential and legislative elections are scheduled to be announced.

"For May 22, the Jakarta Police have prepared a detailed security plan. The number of personnel to be deployed will be around 30,000. This includes the police and military," National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo said, as quoted by Antaranews.com.

The focus will be on the headquarters of the General Elections Commission (KPU) and Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) in Central Jakarta.

Dedi said four security rings will be implemented, with the first around the headquarters of the two agencies. The second ring will encompass areas around the buildings, the third will be around the parking lots of the two buildings and last will secure the road in front of the KPU building.

He said the police will conduct more patrols and deploy intelligence officers to monitor potential threats during the nation's most-eagerly awaited announcement.

The police's cyber and criminal directorates will make joint efforts with the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and the National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN) to monitor social media accounts and websites that distribute hoaxes, provocative content and hate speech, he said.

"There will be an awareness campaign by the cyber-team of the National Police's Criminal Investigation Unit [Bareskrim] on the legal consequence of [social media] accounts spreading fake news," Dedi said.

The KPU had already tabulated 75 percent of the ballots from the April 17 elections as of 6.15 p.m. on Thursday.

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