Dispatch of Election Observers for the Presidential Election in the Republic of Belarus

March 15, 2006

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to dispatch four election observers from among the officials of the Japanese Embassies in Belarus and Poland 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) for to support the fair implementation of the presidential election in the Republic of Belarus which is scheduled to take place on March 19 (Sun).
  2. Approximately 400 election observers will attend the OSCE/ODIHR International Election Observation Mission for this presidential election. The Government of Japan has decided to dispatch these observers as a part of the Japanese contribution to democracy and stability in Belarus.
  3. This presidential election is the first to be held since a constitutional ban on a third term for a president was lifted as a result of the referendum which was held in October 2004.

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