The Jakarta Post
Indonesia Police Watch (IPW) says East Java, Yogyakarta, Central Java and Jakarta are prone to violence in the presidential election on July 9.
"The number of supporters of candidates in those four areas continues to increase," IPW chairman Neta S. Pane said on Monday, and urged the police to be more alert in those areas, as reported by tempo.co.
Although the situation ahead of the election has been relatively safe, Neta added that the political climate in those four areas continued to heat up, citing rumors that there would be riots during or after the election.
Neta advised that to ensure a calm election, both camps should not engage in provocative statements.
"Both camps must be able to control themselves, so that the presidential candidates' supporters can avoid conflict too," he said.
Neta emphasized the need for the police be firm in maintaining security.
"As those in charge of security, the National Police must also encourage the KPU [General Elections Commission], Bawaslu [Elections Supervisory Agency] and all the supporters to work for a peaceful election," he said.
Previously, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he had received intelligence that the losing side might incite riots following the election. He said the government would work its hardest to prevent such threats from materializing. (fss)
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