Japan welcomes that the presidential and parliamentary elections held on August 11 in the Republic of Sierra Leone were conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner. The electoral observers that Japan dispatched confirmed this conclusion. The success of the elections is particularly gratifying, as Japan became the chair country of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission in June, and Sierra Leone is one of the countries being considered by the Commission. More recently, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Masayoshi Hamada led a mission to Sierra Leone to promote the successful conduct of the elections.
Japan commends the people of Sierra Leone for their active participation in the electoral process, which was a clear indication of the steady development of democracy in the country. Japan also highly appreciates the efforts of the national and international stakeholders, particularly the National Electoral Commission, for their contribution to the management and monitoring of the elections.
It is of utmost importance that all parties respect and abide by the results of the elections, once they are properly certified. Japan continues to pay close attention to the developments in Sierra Leone following the elections.
Japan provided equipment assistance in March and sent observers for the elections. Japan is determined to continue to extend assistance for the consolidation of peace in Sierra Leone, on a bilateral and multilateral basis as well as through the process of the Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) and the activities of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission.