Jayapura, 27/3 (Jubi) – Regional Military Commander Major General Christian Zembua said he had enough personnel to safeguard the upcoming election in Papua and West Papua province and will not send additional troops to the districts.
“No additional troops. We have 15,000 soldiers spread in all districts of Papua and West Papua who are ready to help provide security during the elections. However, we do hope it will run peacefully and there will be no violence. People please do not be provoked by irresponsible people. Everyone must help make the election a success,” Zebua said on Thursday (27/3).
He also said he would punish soldiers who use military symbols to support political parties or candidates during the campaign period for the legislative and presidential elections.
“Army personnel should be neutral. They must not take sides. Those who are involved will be dealt with appropriately. Active military personnel should not be involved in the elections,” he said. (Jubi/Arjuna/rom)