The country of about 260 million people will hold simultaneous legislative and presidential elections next year, however the concern is more about the potential tension and division of the people during presidential election.
“We have been monitoring the social media (platforms and accounts) which spread hate speeches…by doing cyber patrol,” Brig. Gen. Muhammad Iqbal, a national police spokesman said on Friday in Jakarta as quoted by Suara.com.
get link Iqbal called all members of the society to stay away from any statement which has the potential to divide the nation.
“We are celebrating this democracy. We will show the world that Indonesia’s democracy is incredible. Whoever elected is the choice of the people and we must respect,” Iqbal added, referring to next year’s presidential election.
Incumbent president Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, and Ma’ruf Amin registered themselves to KPU on Friday morning, while Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno in the afternoon.