The Bangladesh Election Commission announced the result of the 12th general elections held on January 7th. From Japan, an election observer mission headed by Mr. WATANABE Masato, former Ambassador to Bangladesh, consisting of officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Japan in Bangladesh as well as an outside expert, conducted monitoring activities on site.
Although some irregularities were reported in the general election, Japan welcomes that overall; the election was generally conducted peacefully. As far as our mission was able to observe, the election process was conducted in accordance with procedures. On the other hand, we regret that there were incidents of violence with casualties in the process leading up to the general election.
Japan hopes that Bangladesh, as a strategic partner, will make progress in its efforts for further development as a democratic nation. Japan intends to continue to support Bangladesh for its development and prosperity, and further develop the bilateral relationship.