Statement by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Presidential Election in the Republic of Madagascar
1. Japan welcomes that the first round of presidential election took place in a peaceful manner in the Republic of Madagascar on October 25 (Fri). Japan highly commends that the count of votes and the announcement of the provisional results of the first round (on November 8) by the Malagasy Independent National Electoral Commission of the Transition (CENI-T) and the announcement of its final results (on November 22) by the Malagasy Special Electoral Court (CES) were conducted within the scheduled timetable respectively.
2. Japan has conducted the election observation activities on the first round of presidential election and recognized that a large number of electors that possess the right to vote were not listed on the voters list. Japan appreciates that the CENI-T has decided to add these electors to the voters list.
3. Japan strongly expects that the second round of voting will be steadily held on December 20 (Fri) as scheduled. Japan also strongly expects that a new administration will assume power as soon as possible in accordance with the Malagasy constitution and the stable democracy will take root in the country.