2. Local elections (October 9), presidential and parliamentary elections (November 13) and a run-off election (December 18) will be held in the Republic of Haiti. This series of elections is the first to be held since the political crisis in February 2004. Success of the upcoming elections is of critical importance for the democratization and stability of the country. The interim government of Haiti is exerting utmost efforts to conduct fair and smooth elections in cooperation with the international community.
3. In response to the request of the UNDP, which is assisting the interim government in the preparation and implementation of the elections, the Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency assistance to contribute to the success of the elections and in view of the friendly relation with the Republic of Haiti.