Jakarta (ANTARA) - The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Friday (17/5) reminded its citizens to avoid locations of demonstrations and political parades ahead of the announcement of the results of the general election on May 22.

"Avoid areas where demonstrations or political rallies are occurring and exercise caution if within the vicinity of any large gathering," said a statement through the website of the US Embassy in Jakarta on Friday.

US citizens have also been asked to keep abreast of media coverage of local events, be aware of their surroundings, and practice personal security awareness at all times.

"Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates," the statement said.

In addition, US citizens have also been asked to follow the latest information submitted on the US Embassy's social media network in Jakarta and the consulate office in Surabaya.

Assistance: U.S. Consulate General Surabaya: +6231-297-5300; after-hours: +6281-133-4183, SurabayaACS@state.gov, https://id.usembassy.gov/

U.S. Embassy Jakarta: +62-21-5083-1155; after-hours: +62-21-5083-1000, then press 0, JakartaACS@state.gov, https://id.usembassy.gov/

U.S. State Department–Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

On May 22, 2019, the General Election Commission (KPU) is expected to announce the official results of the Indonesian presidential and parliamentary elections.

Indonesian police officials have publicly cited a heightened risk of terrorism in connection with the finalization of the election results, and the media has reported recent arrests of Indonesians on terrorism charges, according to a statement.

Demonstrations are possible at election-related offices and other public sites in central Jakarta, including the KPU compound in Menteng, and the Election Supervisory Board (known as BAWASLU) on Jl. Thamrin. Demonstrations may also take place at election-related offices in other cities, including Surabaya and Medan.

The Indonesian Police have stated that additional security personnel will secure election-related sites and other locations in greater Jakarta.

Expect road closures and significant traffic disruptions in areas where demonstrations occur.


Reporter: Azis Kurmala
Editor: Fardah Assegaf
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