Statement by Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the National Assembly Election in Bhutan

March 26, 2008

  1. Japan welcomes the fact that the National Assembly Election held in Bhutan on March 24 was conducted peacefully and successfully.
  2. The National Assembly Election was a very important and major progress for Bhutan in its move towards parliamentary democracy. Recognising the importance, Japan dispatched, from March 21 (Fri.) to March 26 (Wed.), an election observation mission comprised of three members and headed by Mr. Takio Yamada, Political Minister of the Japanese Embassy in India (with jurisdiction over Bhutan). The Mission observed election process in Thimphu, Bhutan's capital, and Punakha.
  3. Japan's election observation mission reported that votings were conducted in an orderly manner, polling stations were equipped with necessary personnel and election materials, no significant misconducts observed, and that the election was conducted successfully.
  4. Japan intends to continue to assist Bhutan's efforts toward its transition to parliamentary democracy.


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