I call on the mass media not to be too partisan in order to produce balanced stories."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has expressed hope that the General Elections Commission (KPU) will involve the two camps of presidential and vice presidential candidate pairs to supervise vote counting.

"I have just talked with KPU chief Husni Kamil. I told him that the KPU had better invite and involve the two camps to supervise the vote-counting process with the KPU," the President said at a plenary cabinet meeting at the Presidential Office here on Friday.

The meeting discussed three major issues related to post-presidential election development, latest developments in Palestine, and the governments programs in the last 100 days of the presidents tenure.

The President said the call for the KPU to involve the two camps during the vote-counting process is essential. "The two camps can observe for themselves the vote-counting process on a daily basis, so they will understand that the process is accurate," he explained.

He also called on the mass media to help cool down the post-presidential election situation.

"I hope the media will refrain from broadcasting information that may give rise to tense situation and horizontal violence," he said.

"I call on the mass media not to be too partisan in order to produce balanced stories. By doing so, the confidence of the public in the press could be maintained," he said.

The President also instructed the Indonesian military and police to provide security during the vote-counting process and until the situation returns to normal.

He reiterated that he remained neutral and not part of either of the two camps. He said he had neither the authority nor the power to influence the July 9 presidential election. ***1***


Reported by Muhammad Arief Iskandar


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