The Jakarta Post
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian and Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto have vowed to secure the upcoming regional elections and next year’s presidential and legislative elections.
“There must be one command from the TNI and police chiefs, one similar thinking and conduct so that the elections will be under control. The public and businessmen need not worry,” Hadi said in his speech to 2,500 TNI and police personnel at the Police Academy complex in Semarang, Central Java, on Monday.
Tito added that his institution and the military have also instructed all members to be neutral during the elections.
“The public doesn’t have to worry. Elections are a regular thing. If [all parties] are solid and neutral, we won’t have any concerns,” he said, adding that he and Hadi would continue to visit regions to sell their message to all members of the police and military across the archipelago.
They have already visited East Kalimantan, North Kalimantan and Papua.
Tito previously said there would be more than 1 million security personnel comprising of members of the police, the TNI and Community Protection (Linmas) to secure the 2018 regional elections, which will be held in June across 171 regions in the country. (dpk/rin)