Dispatch of Election Observers for Ukraine's Supreme Council (Parliament) Elections

March 22, 2006

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to dispatch seven election observers to the International Election Observation Mission of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) to support the fair implementation of Ukraine's Supreme Council (Parliament) elections, which are scheduled to take place on March 26 (Sun).
  2. Of the seven observers, two are academics well-versed in Ukrainian affairs. They are Ms. Megumi Suezawa, Associate Professor, Heisei International University, and Mr. Shinkichi Fujimori, Research Fellow, Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, who both observed the Ukrainian Presidential election at the end of 2004. The other five observers are officials of the Japanese embassies in Austria, Poland and Ukraine, and the Consulate General in Strasbourg.
  3. This Supreme Council election will be the first national election since the "Orange Revolution" in December 2004.
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