General Election held in Myanmar
(Statement by Foreign Press Secretary YOSHIDA Tomoyuki)
November 9, 2020
- On November 8, the first general election was held in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar since 2015, which was the year that the administration was chosen by the people of Myanmar in the historic general election. Although the official result of the election has yet to be announced, the Government of Japan welcomes that the election was held in a peaceful manner. Since the election was an important milestone in Myanmar's democratization process, the Government of Japan dispatched an election observer mission headed by Mr. SASAKAWA Yohei, Special Envoy of the Government of Japan for National Reconciliation in Myanmar, and provided special ink to prevent double voting in order to support conducting a fair and transparent election.
- On November 8, the Government of Japan was informed by Mr. SASAKAWA that voting in the general election in Myanmar was held generally in a peaceful manner while taking various measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus with the presence of domestic and foreign election observer missions.
- Japan expects that Myanmar's democratic nation-building which reflects the will of the people of Myanmar will be further advanced based on the results of this election. Japan continues to provide comprehensive and full support for such nation-building by Myanmar itself, and to further develop our longstanding friendship and cooperation.