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Elections smooth and peaceful: President

16th February 2017 | 1.214 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo on Thursday praised the implementation of the elections in 101 regions in Indonesia on Wednesday, adding that they had all been held smoothly and peacefully.

"We must be grateful that the simultaneous elections in 101 regions have taken place peacefully and smoothly," he said at a press conference at the Merdeka Palace.

"I wish to thank all the members of the General Election Commission (KPU), the General Election Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu), the police, the military, and all security personnel who have worked very hard so far," he said.

Jokowi, as he is also called, was flanked by Coordinating Minister for Political, Security and Legal Affairs Wiranto; Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo; and Presidential Special Staff for Communication Johan Budi Sapto Prabowo.

A total of 41.8 million people have been registered to vote in 31 provinces.

KPU has set a target of 77.5 percent participation in the elections.

"Thanks to all community members who have taken part in the elections yesterday," the president said.

He hoped that after the elections people would prioritize unity. "I appeal to the people to place brotherhood, solidarity, and unity above everything, so that we can immediately focus on development programs that bring prosperity and justice to all the people of Indonesia," he said. (*)