TNI Chief Warns Members to be Unbiased During Election

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  • Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, during undergo fit and proper tes as a candidate for TNI Commander in in parliament, Jakarta, Dec. 6, 2017. TEMPO/Dhemas Reviyanto

    Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, during undergo fit and proper tes as a candidate for TNI Commander in in parliament, Jakarta, Dec. 6, 2017. TEMPO/Dhemas Reviyanto

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian Army (TNI) Commander Hadi Tjahjanto called for every member of TNI to maintain their neutrality upon safeguarding the 2019 general elections; both legislative or presidential elections. 

    “If anyone sees a TNI soldier violating its neutrality, immediately report to the Armed Forces Information Office (Puspen TNI) where we will follow it up,” said Hadi at Yogyakarta on Thursday, September 20.

    Read: TNI, Police Reminded to be Neutral During Political Year

    Hadi asserts that soldiers that are proven to be biased will face significant punishments. The official campaign period of 2019 general elections will kick-off on September 23.

    “The punishments will be related to the person’s career. That’s it,” said Hadi without detailing what type of punishment that will be imposed to TNI soldiers that violate. 

    PRIBADI WICAKSONO