Dispatch of Election Observer Mission to Pakistan for General Election

May 7, 2013

    1. The Government of Japan decided to dispatch an election observer mission to Pakistan from Wednesday, May 8 to Monday, May 13 to support the fair implementation of the general election, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 11. The mission will be headed by Mr. Nobuaki Tanaka, former Japanese ambassador to Pakistan, and will consist of officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its overseas Embassies and Consulates as well as outside experts.
    2. In addition to observing the casting and counting of votes, the mission will exchange opinions and information with the Election Commission of Pakistan and election observer missions from other countries.
    3. The Government of Japan has decided to dispatch the mission to support the consolidation of democracy in Pakistan in response to the announcement by the Election Commission of Pakistan that it would welcome international observers.

(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)