Dispatch of Election Observers for the Elections for the Autonomous Bougainville Government

May 13, 2005

  1. In response to a request from the Government of Papua New Guinea, the Government of Japan has decided to dispatch a total of three officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as election observers, one at a time on a rotational basis, from May 17 (Tue) to June 7 (Tue) to assist the fair and democratic implementation of the provincial elections for the autonomous Bougainville government, Papua New Guinea, to be held from May 20 (Fri) to June 9 (Thu) this year.
  2. During their stay in Bougainville, the Japanese election observers will engage in monitoring such tasks as preparations for the elections, balloting and ballot opening in cooperation with observers dispatched from other countries including Australia and New Zealand.
  3. The forthcoming elections form the core of the peace process agreed in the aftermath of the armed conflict which continued for about 10 years from 1988. Implementing the elections in a fair and democratic manner is extremely important for the future stability of Bougainville and PNG as a whole.
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