Dispatch of Election Observers for the Presidential, Parliamentary and Other Elections in Guatemala

28 October 2003

  1. In response to the request from the Government of the Republic of Guatemala, the Government of Japan decided to dispatch six election observers (two academics on Central America and four officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) for the general election, including the presidential, parliamentary and other elections, in Guatemala, which will be held on 9 November (Sunday).
  2. This will be the second general election in Guatemala since 1996 when the civil war, which had lasted for 36 years, came to an end with the conclusion of "the agreement on a firm and lasting peace" and also "the peace process" was started. The election observers dispatched from Japan will monitor the voting and vote counting of the elections in Guatemala as members of the election observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) from 3(Monday) to 13(Thursday) of November.
  3. This election is extremely important for advancing "the peace process" as well as consolidating democracy in Guatemala, and thus attracting considerable attention of the international community.
  4. On 3 October, the Government of Japan decided to contribute approximately US$90,000 (approximately 11 million yen) to the activities of the election observation mission of OAS. In addition, the Government of Japan is implementing the two projects of Grant Assistance for Grassroots and Human Security:(1) 10 million yen for the "Plan for Dissemination of Voting Information to the Mayan People" of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal(TSE); and(2) 5.3 million yen for the "Civic Campaign Plan toward Vote based on Self-awareness" of the Rigoberta Menchu Tum Foundation, an international non-governmental organization (NGO).

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