Jakarta police chief says no potential election security threats identified in the capital

President Joko Widodo (R) and former general Prabowo Subianto (L) speak to journalists after their meeting at Prabowo’s compound in Jakarta on October 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Bay ISMOYO

Jakartans voting in Wednesday’s presidential and legislative election should have peace of mind when casting their votes, according to the capital’s top cop.

Jakarta Metro Police Chief Inspector General Gatot Edy Pramono says the city’s police have not identified any potential security threats on voting day, particularly possible conflicts between supporters of political groups.

“We have prepared anticipative steps [to prevent threats],” Gatot told reporters today as quoted by Antara.

Gatot added that the Jakarta Metro Police have stepped up patrol efforts for the past month, particularly in areas of the city the police say are more prone to election-based conflict. The police, along with the military, are going to continue these patrols and guard voting stations throughout the capital on election day.

Voter intimidation has been a real concern in the lead up to the election, particularly since PAN party founder Amien Rais, a senior ally of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, threatened a “people power” uprising should they detect voter fraud resulting in a Prabowo loss.

Another of Rizieq’s prominent allies, leader of the hardline group Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) Rizieq Shihab, also called on his followers to perform “jihad” by guarding voting stations around the country to prevent voting fraud and ensure victory for Prabowo and his running mate Sandiaga Uno.

Separately, the national police chief warned the public not to take part in any activity that may provoke others during the election, including mass mobilizations or taking to the streets to celebrate victory.

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