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High security in Indonesia ahead of presidential poll

Massive security has been put in place ahead of the Indonesian presidential elections on Wednesday. Security forces were reminded that even though April's legislative elections were peaceful, they should not take things for granted, and not let their guard down.

JAKARTA: Massive security has been put in place ahead of the Indonesian presidential elections on Wednesday.

Security forces were reminded that even though April's legislative elections were peaceful, they should not take things for granted, and not let their guard down.

A part of the security force will directly move to the polling stations and the rest will be on alert in the headquarters.

Central Jakarta police chief Hendro Pandowo said: "There are potential threats for the election day, such as dissatisfaction, mass mobilisation, and criminal offences relating to election or pure criminal actions. In relation to the election, (there are threats) such as money politics, intimidation to voters, blocking voters from going to polling stations and fake identity. Therefore we deploy all our forces to prevent all the threats."

Security forces will also protect the important buildings of the general election commission (KPU), the election supervisory board, parliament and the presidential palace.

Police advised that to ensure a calm election both camps should not engage in provocative statements.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono had said before that 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 unwanted incidents from happening and to ensure a free and fair election. 

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