Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA) - Chief of Papua Regional Police, Inspector General Mathius Fakhiri, stated that the police along with the Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel is ready to assist the General Elections Commission (KPU) in distributing logistics to remote areas.

"The TNI and the Police are ready to help in case KPU experiences problems in logistics distribution," Fakhiri told ANTARA here on Monday.

He explained that some regions in the Papua region are difficult to reach due to unfavorable weather conditions.

One of the hard-to-reach areas is the Mamberamo Raya District where if the river water overflows, one must walk for two to three days to reach there.

In addition, he noted that Indonesia's outer island is located in the Pacific Ocean and reaching there is difficult, as the waves can reach a height of two meters.

Meanwhile, the Papua Regional Police has two patrol boats on standby in Jayapura and the Cenderawasih District Military Command has helicopters to assist in the distribution of election logistics.

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"We are ready to help if the KPU encounters difficulties while distributing logistics. (They can) ask for assistance from the TNI and the Police," he remarked.

Fakhiri spoke of having prepared personnel, who will be tasked with security during the logistics distribution and voting day.

The Papua Regional Police has mapped three categories of areas, namely very vulnerable, vulnerable, and safe, while for Papua Province, it is categorized as safe.

Meanwhile, seven police and 15 Mobile Brigade (Brimob) Corps members will be deployed to secure very vulnerable areas, while two police and 15 Brimob personnel will be stationed for vulnerable areas.

There are eight districts and one city in Papua Province, namely Jayapura City, Jayapura District, Mamberamo Raya, Keerom, Sarmi, Supiori, Biak Numfor, Waropen, and Yapen Islands.

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Translator: Evarukdijati, Kenzu
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