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17,000 police personnel dispatched to secure S. Sulawesi elections

  • Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Makassar, South Sulawesi   /   Wed, June 27, 2018   /   10:13 am
17,000 police personnel dispatched to secure S. Sulawesi elections Gearing up: A volunteer shows ballots that will be used in the Makassar mayoral election scheduled for June 27. (ANTARA/Darwin Fatir)

The South Sulawesi Police have dispatched more than 17,000 officers supported by 5,000 military personnel to secure elections in 12 regions across the province on Wednesday.

South Sulawesi Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Dicky Sondani said the 17,000 personnel had been dispatched to 17,140 polling stations across the province.

He said 600 Mobile Brigade personnel dispatched by the South Sulawesi Police were posted at General Elections Commission (KPU) offices and areas prone to security disruptions, such as Makassar, Luwu, Palopo and Sidenreng Rappang.

“This deployment is to ensure that our democratic process runs safely and smoothly on Wednesday,” said Dicky.

He said results of observations conducted during the campaign period and on voting day showed that security conditions were relatively stable.

“We monitored the situation in several regions. They are all safe. The distribution of election materials has also run smoothly. Ninety-nine percent of materials have arrived at polling stations. The remainder was disrupted by flooding but we anticipated it,” said Dicky.

KPU South Sulawesi head Misna M. Attas called on all citizens to exercise their voting rights and urged supporters of all candidate pairs to wait for the KPU to announce the official results before declaring victory.

“Please trust us as the organizer of the elections. Don’t get trapped in euphoria. This is a democratic process that we must take part in together." (ebf)