Japan sends two dozen poll observers to Nepal

March 28th, 2008 - 9:18 pm ICT by admin  

Kathmandu, Mar 28 (ANI): The Japanese Government is deploying an election observation mission, including 24 persons from late March till mid-April to monitor the April 10 Constituent Assembly election in Nepal.

Upon the importance of this election, on 18th March, the Government of Japan made a Cabinet decision based on the International Peace Cooperation Law to dispatch an election observation mission of 24 persons from late March to mid April to support the fair implementation of the election, says a statement released by the Japanese Embassy in Nepal.

Toshiro Niwa, former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF will lead the Japanese election observation mission, which comprises of academia, election specialists, staff members of non-governmental organizations operating in Nepal, and government officials.

Advanced teams are deployed gradually from 29th March, and a main team, including the head of the mission, arrives in Nepal on 5th April. The Japanese election observers will be deployed in five regions, Kathmandu (2 teams), Dhulikhel (1 team), Biratnagar (2 teams), Pokhara (2 teams), and Nepalgunj (2 teams) until April 13, the statement adds.

The mission will release a preliminary statement based on its initial findings at a press conference April 13.

Japan has continued to assist the Nepalese Government’s efforts towards holding election. It has helped in Election Commission training and provided election-related equipment worth around US$ 9.2 million, including provision of 60,000 boxes, nepalnews.com reported. (ANI)

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