4,742 personnel to secure regional elections in Papua

4,742 personnel to secure regional elections in Papua

Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw. (ANTARA/M. Agung Rajasa)

We hope it would remain so until the results are determined."
Jayapura (ANTARA News) - As many as 4,742 personnel would be deployed to assure security of regional elections in 11 districts and city in Indonesias eastern province of Papua on Wednesday (Feb. 15).

The security personnel come not only from the police force but also the military, the chief of Papua Regional Police Command, Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw, said to newsmen here on Sunday.

He said the decision to deploy thousands of security personnel was made in view of the vulnerability of the elections in the regions although the degree varies.

He said of the 11 districts and city to conduct elections five have been considered most vulnerable to security problems namely Jayapura, Tolikara, Lanny Jaya, Nduga and Jayapura city and therefore more personnel would be sent there.

Although more security personnel would be deployed to the districts and city it does not mean that security in other regions would be loosened, he said.

Waterpauw said security condition ahead of the elections on February 15 had remained conducive.

"We hope it would remain so until the results are determined," he said.

Other districts in Papua that would conduct elections are Sarmi, Mappi, Dogiai, Intan Jaya, Puncak Jaya and Yapen Islands.

A total of 101 regions including seven provinces in Indonesia would carry out elections simultaneously to choose new district heads, city mayors or provincial governors.

(Reported by Evarukdijati/Uu.H-YH)

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