TOKYO, Japan, December 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — 1. On December 16, the Government of Japan decided to extend emergency grant aid of approximately 640,000 U.S. dollars (approximately 76.4 million Japanese yen) through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in order to support the smooth implementation of the presidential by-election to be held on January 20, 2015 in the Republic of Zambia.
2. With the passing of H.E. Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata, former President of the Republic of Zambia on October 28 this year, the by-election is scheduled to take place. The Government of Zambia has requested emergency assistance from the international community for carrying out this election in a fair and democratic manner.
3. To support the by-election, the Government of Japan will finance the purchase of equipments relating to electorate education and voting. This assistance will contribute to “Consolidating Peace, Stability, Democracy and Good Governance”, one of the pillars of Japan’s diplomacy towards Africa, demonstrated at the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V).
4. The Government of Japan hopes that the by-election be conducted in a peaceful and transparent manner, thereby contributing to ensure the consolidation of democracy and good governance in Zambia and to the stability of the Southern African region as a whole.
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