Bali stays alert for election result

Bali stays alert for election result
Indonesia police walk during a security preparation for Indonesia presidencial election in Denpasar in Indonesia's resort island of Bali on July 7, 2014.

Bali Police declared Monday that Bali remained safe and calm prior to the announcement of the official presidential election result today. However, all of the island's residents were urged to remain alert for possible security threats.

"Although Bali remains safe and calm, we continue to maintain our vigilance to keep the island safe," Bali Police chief Insp. Gen. Albertus Julius Benny Mokalu told journalists.

The police, Benny said, had received intelligence warnings of possible conflict between supporters from both camps due to disappointment with the election results.

"The most important thing is that all supporters should control themselves. Avoid any euphoria that could cause conflict," Benny said.

However, he maintained he was optimistic that the announcement would not cause conflict on the island.

"I am optimistic Bali will remain safe tomorrow, as both camps have signed a pledge to maintain a peaceful election," he added.

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