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International Peace Cooperation Assignment in Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Capital:Kinshasa


Presidential and legislative elections were conducted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ( DRC ) on July 30, 2006. At the request of the UN , Japan sent 8 election observers ( 5 national government officials and 3 individuals from the private sector) to these elections. For the presidential runoff, which took place on October 29, Japan sent 5 election observers ( 2 national government officials and 3 individuals from the private sector)

During these two missions, the Japanese observers carried out observations at various stages of the election process, including the campaign, preparations for polling day, voting, and counting, in Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC .

Election Observers

Verification of voter's card at a polling station(img)

Verification of voter's card at a
polling station

An election observer asking questions to a staff member at a polling station(img)

An election observer asking
questions to a staff member at
a polling station

A congolese with his ballot(img)

A congolese with his ballot

Counting operations continued until midnight(img)

Counting operations continued
until midnight

Registration of election observers(img)

Registration of election
observers

On July 22, 2006, two of the eight Japanese observers arrived in Kinshasa, the capital of the DRC , collected necessary information and proceeded with preparations for election monitoring activities. Following the arrival of the remaining 6 observers, including three civilians, in Kinshasa on July 26, their activities gained momentum. They monitored activities on different stages of the elections including electoral campaigns, voting preparations, voting and ballot counting, and so on to ensure the execution of free and fair elections.

On the polling day, the Japanese observers covered a total of 59 polling and counting stations at 10 facilities in Kinshasa Province. The counting operations continued until the following day. The statement of the Chief of the Japanese Election Observation Mission was released on August 1. (His statement is available here.) All the Japanese observers completed their allotted duties and returned to Japan by August 5, 2006.

Since none of the presidential candidates won a majority of the votes, a run-off election was held on October 29, 2006 between the two finalists. For this round, five Japanese election observers were sent for election monitoring activities similar to those carried out by the first group of observers sent in July.

On the polling day, the Japanese observers monitored 43 polling and counting stations at 6 facilities in Kinshasa. The statement of the election observers was released on October 31. All the Japanese observers completed their allotted duties and returned to Japan by November 2, 2006.

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