Jakarta Post

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post
The Jakarta Post
Video Weather icon 30°C
DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
30°C Partly Cloudy

Dry and mostly cloudy throughout the day.

  • Wed

    26℃ - 32℃

  • Thu

    25℃ - 32℃

  • Fri

    25℃ - 31℃

  • Sat

    26℃ - 30℃

Jakarta Police ban mass mobilization on election day

  • News Desk
    News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, April 17, 2017 | 02:18 pm
Jakarta Police ban mass mobilization on election day All set – Then-acting Jakarta governor Soni Sumarsono (center), Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. M. Iriawan (second from right), Jakarta Military District Command commander Maj. Gen. Teddy Lhaksmana (second left), Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) head Sumarno (left) and Jakarta Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu Jakarta) head Mimah Susanti (right) take a picture after a meeting in Jakarta on Feb.7. (Antara/Widodo S. Jusuf)

The Jakarta Police have released a circular on Monday prohibiting mass mobilization on April 19, the day of the runoff in Jakarta’s gubernatorial election.

The statement was signed by Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Mochamad Iriawan, Jakarta General Elections Commission (KPU Jakarta) head Sumarno and Jakarta Elections Supervisory Agency (Panwaslu) head Mimah Susanti.

The three institutions have banned any mass mobilization that may result in physical or psychological intimidation of voters.

One of the three points in the statement says, “Should any group of people from outside Jakarta attempt to engage in such activity [mass mobilization], the National Police, the Army and all relevant institutions will take preventive measures by searching [the aforementioned group] on the road, and they will be asked to return to their hometown.”

Those who fail to comply with the instruction are subject to sanctions in accordance with legal procedures, the statement says.

The ban comes after the initiation of a movement called Tamasya Al-Maidah (Al-Maidah Tour), which encourages Indonesians to come to Jakarta to “guard” polling stations during the April 19 Jakarta gubernatorial election runoff.

Al Maidah Tour is named after a verse in the Quran that is often used by conservative Muslim political groups to urge Muslims not to vote for political candidates of different faiths. 

The campaign team of Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who is a Christian of Chinese descent, has voiced its concern about the movement, saying it may intimidate voters who want to vote for the incumbent and his running mate, Djarot Saiful Hidayat. (dea)

Join the discussions