Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Presidential and Provincial Council Elections in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
August 21, 2009
- The Presidential elections and Provincial Council elections were held
in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on August 20. Although there were
incidents to disturb the elections in some areas, the polling process was
successfully carried out as planned in most regions, with the support of
the international community and through the efforts of the Government of
Afghanistan. The Government of Japan expresses its respect towards the passion
and bravery of the citizens of Afghanistan who went to the polls despite
the harsh security situation, as well as towards the Government of Afghanistan
and staff of the United Nations and other organizations who supported the
holding of the elections.
- Japan condemns the terrorist activities and election obstructions that
occurred in some areas. Japan expresses its deepest condolences for those
who have been killed, and to the families of the victims. Japan also expresses
its heartfelt sympathy toward the injured and prays for their earliest recovery.
- Japan dispatched election observation missions to these elections. Japan expects appropriate counting and tallying of votes and will continue to carefully watch the results.
(Reference) Overview of the Presidential and Provincial Council elections
Principal schedule (based on the schedule of the announcement by the Independent Election Commission)
June 16-August 17: Campaign period
August 20: Election day (the Provincial Council elections were also held on this day)
Around August 25: Announcement of preliminary tallies/totals of votes for the Presidential Election
September 17: Confirmation and announcement of election results
(If the top Presidential candidate does not receive a majority of valid votes, a runoff election will be held between the top two candidates.)