Dispatch of Japanese Election Observers for the Presidential Election in Ukraine

October 26, 2004

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to dispatch two personnel from the Embassy of Japan in Ukraine to the International Election Observation Mission of the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to assist the fair execution of the presidential election in Ukraine which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 31.
  2. In addition to the dispatch of personnel to the OSCE/ODIHR International Election Observation Mission, the Government of Japan has registered the personnel from the Embassy of Japan in Ukraine as international election observers in the Central Election Commission of Ukraine in order to monitor the election in cooperation with the other election observation groups from Europe, the United States, Canada and the other Countries.
  3. The coming election will be held upon the expiration of the second term of the President of Ukraine, Mr. Leonid Kuchma, who has served as president for ten years since 1994 and is thus extremely important which may determine the direction of the country's future. Over 400 election observers from countries such as the United States and the member states European Union (EU) are expected to participate in this OSCE/ODIHR International Election Observation Mission. Given these circumstances, the Government of Japan has decided to dispatch its election observers as part of Japan's contribution for democratization and stability of Ukraine.

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