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Tension mounts as Indonesia awaits election results

Security forces in Indonesia are on high alert ahead of the official announcement of the presidential election results as fears grow over possible clashes between supporters of both camps.

JAKARTA: The mood is tense in Jakarta as Indonesia readies itself for the official results of its bitterly-contested presidential election.

Security forces in Indonesia are on high alert ahead of the official announcement of the presidential election results as fears grow over possible clashes between supporters of both camps. Some 24,000 police officers have been deployed across the country, with 3,000 of them in Jakarta alone.

To prevent this, presidential candidate Joko Widodo has urged his supporters to avoid parading in the streets and celebrating in front of the General Elections Commission if he's proclaimed winner.

"I've already urged my supporters not to organise any crowd movement. They don't need to gather at the General Elections Commission, just stay at home," he said.

Mr Widodo is the clear frontrunner based on reputable quick counts and actual ballot counts. Rather than concede defeat, his rival Prabowo Subianto had questioned the legitimacy of the vote tabulation process.

Mr Prabowo's Gerindra party said on Sunday he will not accept the official election result, claiming there was evidence of electoral cheating.

Candidates have the option to launch a challenge through the Constitutional Court once the results are announced, and signs are pointing to Mr Prabowo taking up that avenue for appeal.

In anticipation of this, leading NGOs under the Coalition of Civil Society have urged the Constitutional Court to remain fair, just and independent if and when it rules over the case.

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