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Jakarta Post

Ahead of local election, police tighten grip on Aceh

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 27 2012   /  08:00 am

As the situation in Aceh becomes more volatile ahead of the local election, the National Police are stepping up security measures in the country’s westernmost province.

“We have 8,776 personnel specially trained to secure the election. That figure accounts for two-thirds of our total capacity,” Aceh Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Gustav Leo told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

The Acehnese will be casting their ballots in the poll on April 9.

Gustav said the officers would be deployed to ensure the safety of candidates during campaigning and to secure 9,768 polling stations across the province.

He also said police had divided up Aceh into three zones according to the level of security threats in each.

In areas considered the safest, which include Sabang and Banda Aceh, one police officer, accompanied by four community watch members, will be responsible f...