Bali Police Anticipates Chaos after the Vote Count

DENPASAR ~

Bali Police have anticipated security vulnerabilities that need to be watched after the president vote count on July 9, 2014.

“From analysis the one that needs to be watched over is after counting (vote),” said Bali Police Chief Inspector General Albert Julius Benny Mokalu, in Denpasar, on Tuesday.

According to him, Bali Police has prepared security personnel to anticipate the presence of interference, which is about 8,000 people or about two-thirds the strength of 12,000, the total number of police on the island.

Previously, Benny Mokalu stated that the whole area in Bali is considered vulnerable so that the police can do the anticipation to maintain the security during the president election.

“I’ve been given a mandate to the members that all places are vulnerable. Like water, sometimes it is calm but underneath there is flow,” he said.

He said that he will coordinate with the organizers of the election like the General Election Commission (KPU) and the Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) both at the provincial and regencies including strengthening the security points at those offices.

Benny Mokalu invites the public to participate in maintaining the security towards the five-yearly democratic party, especially Bali is a world tourist destination that requires security.

Besides, Bali police also has outlined crime-prone areas to ensure security ahead of and after the presidential election.

“In our effort to ensure security ahead of and after the presidential election, we have mapped sensitive areas because almost all of them are prone to crime,” Bali Police Chief Inspector General Albertus Julius Benny Mokalu stated.

He noted that the past legislative elections in Bali ran peacefully, and therefore, they want to take the same steps for the presidential election next week.

“Before the past legislative elections, we mapped sensitive areas, and now, we are doing the same for the presidential election,” Mokalu noted.

He explained that at least two policemen, assisted by TNI personnel, will be posted at every ballot station to ensure security during the election.

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