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Indonesian election officials get police protection after kidnap threat

Police guards are assigned to protect Election Commission (KPU) leaders and members after alleged threat of kidnapping from a Gerindra party official supporting the losing candidate in the July 9 presidential election, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

JAKARTA: Police guards are assigned to protect Election Commission (KPU) leaders and members after alleged threat of kidnapping from a Gerindra party official supporting the losing candidate in the July 9 presidential election, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

"All members of KPU will be protected by police guards for their security," chief of Jakarta metropolitan police Inspector General Dwi Priyatno said on Tuesday (Aug 12). Four police officers will be assigned for the protection of KPU chairman Husni Kamil Manik and two officers for the protection of each of other KPU members, Dwi said.

Police took such a step following a report by Husni that Muhammad Taufik, a Gerindra party leader, had threatened to kidnap him. Police has also assigned guards for the protection of the Constitutional court judges and members of the Election Honorary Council (DKPP).

The Constitutional Court is investigating cases filed by losing presidential candidates Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Hatta Rajasa. Prabowo had refused to accept the defeat and accused KPU of being unfair and that the election had been massively, systematically and structurally rigged.

At the same time DKPP is also investigating cases brought up by the losing party charging KPU of violating election law by opening ballot boxes.