TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Chief of the National Police General Tito Karnavian said that Papua remains as one of the regions which will receive special attention during the 2019 Presidential Election.
"Papua still receives our attention," Tito said at the PTIK Auditorium, South Jakarta on Thursday, September 13, 2018. Tito provided assurance that despite the presence of conflict-prone areas, preparation for the upcoming Presidential Election has been carried out well. Tito explained that preparations have been carried out by coordinating with all respective stakeholders.
In 2019, the Presidential Election will be held along with legislative elections for the House of Representatives (DPR), Regional House of Representatives (DPRD), and Regional Representatives Council (DPD). Therefore, the Police are making efforts to synergize the perception of all stakeholders, including the Indonesian National Army.
"How to make plans for joint operations, synergizing regions covered by regional Police, Regional Military Command, Military Resort Command, and then organize simulations," Tito said.
Tito added that the Election will bring along polarization, which will continue to increase tension. In an attempt to mitigate the situation, Tito has ordered Police officers to cooperate with known public figures, regional figures, and public organizations to reduce tension.
On Thursday, September 13, 2018, the National Police and the Indonesian National Army is conducting a coordination meeting for a special operation as part of the preparation for the upcoming 2019 Presidential Election.