Dispatch of Election Observation Mission for the National Assembly Election in Timor-Leste

June 15, 2007

  1. On June 15 (Fri), the Government of Japan made a cabinet decision to dispatch an Election Observation Mission, based on the International Peace Cooperation Law, to support fair implementation of the national assembly election to be held in Timor-Leste on June 30 (Sat).  The Mission comprises 14 members and will be sent from late June to early July.
  2. After the election, a new prime minister will be appointed by the national assembly, and it will be an extremely important step to promote democratic nation-building.  The Government of Japan dispatched election observation missions for the presidential election in April and the runoff election in May based on the abovementioned law.  Another election observation mission for the upcoming election will be dispatched from the viewpoint of providing as much cooperation as possible for the nation-building of Timor-Leste.