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Jakarta Post

Post-election tension in Temanggung, 800 police, TNI personnel deployed

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Sat, July 7, 2018   /   08:09 am
Post-election tension in Temanggung, 800 police, TNI personnel deployed Workers load ballot boxes onto a truck in Temanggung, Central Java, on June 23. (Antara/Anis Efizudin)

The Central Java Police have deployed 600 officers and 200 personnel from the Indonesian Military (TNI) on Friday to anticipate mass mobilization following the results of the regional election on June 27.

Central Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Condro Kirono, accompanied by Diponegoro commander Maj. Gen. Wuryanto, said they had prevented the plan to mobilize the crowd in Temanggung.

He said tensions had also arisen in Tegal, Central Java, where the police also heard about a plan to mobilize those unhappy with the election results to take to the streets.

“In Tegal we advised the unhappy candidate pairs to take the legal avenue at the Constitutional Court to [dispute the results],” he said.

Muhammad Al Khadziq and Heri Ibnu Wibowo, endorsed by Gerindra, the United Development Party (PPP), Golkar and the National Mandate Party (PAN), won the election with 258,734 votes, or 54 percent the vote.

He beat two pairs: Bambang Sukarno-Matoha (the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle [PDI-P] and the National Awakening Party [PKB]) and Haryo Dewandono-Irawan Prasetyadi (NasDem, Hanura and the Democratic Party).

In Tegal, Dedy Yon-Jumadi, endorsed by the Democratic Party, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Gerindra and the PPP, won the election with 28 percent of the vote. They won by only 271 votes, over Habib Ali-Tanty Prasetyaningrum, endorsed by the PKB and NasDem.

Habib and Tanty filed a dispute against the election result with the Constitutional Court on Thursday.

All 35 regencies and municipalities holding regional elections this year finished counting the ballots on Friday, Condro said. (evi)