General Elections in Pakistan
(Statement by Press Secretary KOBAYASHI Maki)
February 12, 2024
- On February 11th, 2024 the Election Commission of Pakistan announced the tentative result of the general elections held on February 8th. From Japan, an election observer mission headed by Mr. WADA Mitsuhiro, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Islamic Republic of Pakistan, consisting of officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Japan in Pakistan as well as outside experts, conducted monitoring of the activities on site.
- During the general elections, as far as our mission was able to observe, many stakeholders appeared to be committed to holding proper and smooth elections, including complying with the prescribed procedures. Japan welcomes that overall, the election was generally conducted as planned. On the other hand, there were reports of incidents involving violence in the process leading up to the general elections. The Government of Japan expresses its deepest condolences to the victims of these incidents. Japan also takes note of the facts that there have been various discussions on fairness and inclusivity of the elections and that some irregularities were reported.
- Japan hopes that Pakistan, as a traditional friend, will make progress in its efforts for further development as a democratic nation. Japan intends to continue to support Pakistan for its development and prosperity, and further develop the bilateral relationship.