Emergency Grant Aid for the Electoral Process in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

April 25, 2006

  1. On April 25 (Tue), the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency grant aid totaling about 1,140,000 dollars (about 133 million yen) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to assist the smooth implementation of a series of elections to be held in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. The contribution will be allocated for part of the expenditure necessary to support a series of elections in the country beginning with a national referendum for constitutional amendment scheduled for June 24.
  2. In Mauritania, the armed forces, which seized power in August last year, established a transitional administration, and since October consultations have been held with the attendance of those concerned from wide-ranging organizations including each political party and citizens' group in the country. As a result, the Government of Mauritania, based on a democratization schedule decided on at these consultations, set up an independent national electoral commission, and is preparing to conduct a series of elections starting from the Constitutional referendum in June this year to the Presidential elections in March next year.
  3. Japan's support for this electoral process in Mauritania covers the Constitutional referendum, Municipal elections, Legislative elections and Presidential elections which is important for progress of democratization and stability in Mauritania, and consequently for the peace, stability and democratization in the West African Region.
  4. Japan has proactively exerted efforts for the consolidation of peace in Africa, regarding it as one of the pillars for supporting Africa, by holding, for example, the TICAD (Tokyo International Conference on African Development) Conference on Consolidation of Peace in February this year. This support for the electoral process in Mauritania is part of this effort.

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