Jayapura, 25/2 (Jubi) – Regional military commander Major General Christian Zebua and Papua police chief Inspector General Tito Karnavian signed a memorandum of understanding on safeguarding the 2014 elections on Tuesday (25/2).
The Army is ready to assist the police ensuring security in the run-up to and during the legislative and presidential polls in April and July, Zebua, chief of the military garrison XVII Cenderawasih, said.
“We are ready and support the peacekeeping duties because this is a form of synergy between the Army and the Police to establish a favorable situation,” the two institutions said in a statement.
Commenting on armed civilian groups, Zebua said the army was ready to take strong action against them if they threatened citizens and disrupted the elections.
Tito said he hoped security measures for the elections could be well implemented. “We hope the election will run smoothly and orderly,” he said. (Jubi/Aprila/rom)