Dispatch of an Observation Mission from Japan for the Parliamentary Election in the Republic of Armenia

April 26, 2012

  1. The Government of Japan decided to dispatch two persons to take part in the election observation mission in order to support the fair conduct of the parliamentary election in the country scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 6. The two members are: one expert knowledgeable about the regional situation – Ms. Terue Okada, (Project Associate Professor, University of Tokyo) and one official from the Embassy of Japan in the Russian Federation, which serves jointly as the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Armenia. The two observers are to be dispatched to the major international election observation mission organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) / Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

  2. This will be the first parliamentary election to be held under the current administration of President Sargsyan. In Armenia, protest rallies have been carried out by opposition forces in connection with the outcome of the 2008 presidential election, in which President Sargsyan was elected.
    Holding this parliamentary election freely and fairly will be extremely important not only for democratic consolidation in the country, but also for the peace and stability of the South Caucasus region. Currently around 270 observers have registered to OSCE/ODIHR's international election observation teams.
    • (*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)

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