Dispatch of Election Observers for the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections in the Republic of Ghana

December 6, 2004

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to dispatch two personnel of the Japanese Embassy in Ghana as a member of the international election observation mission for observing the presidential and parliamentary elections in Ghana to be held on December 7 (Tuesday).

  2. The observation that the Japanese observers will participate in will be carried out by the international election observation mission coordinated by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other organizations.

  3. In Ghana, a change of government took place in January 2001 as a result of the country's first democratic election in December 2000. The upcoming elections, which will be the first since the change of the government party, are extremely important in both further promoting democratization and enrooting good governance in the country.

  4. The Government of Japan has provided about $3.5 million from the non-project grant counterpart fund to support the following activities of the Electoral Commission of Ghana that will manage the forthcoming elections: voter registration-related operations, compiling informational materials for eligible voters, training electoral officials and other duties.


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