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Indonesian professionals call for free and fair presidential election

Indonesians representing different sectors and communities have turned up at the General Elections Commission in Jakarta to demand a free and fair presidential election.

JAKARTA: Indonesians representing different sectors and communities have turned up at the General Elections Commission in Jakarta to demand a free and fair presidential election.

Some 190 million Indonesians will go to the polls on Wednesday to elect a new president for the next five years.

About 30 professionals -- some of them musicians, actors and film directors -- arrived at the General Elections Commission on Tuesday morning.

They handed an open letter addressed to the head of the commission to raise their concerns about the election. They urged the commission not to take sides and to guarantee the election will be peaceful and fair.

Joko Anwar, a film director, said: "While we want to push the elections commission that they have to make sure it is going to be fair, we are also telling them that we are here with them. We are going to help them to keep an eye on the election, to make sure it is fair."

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