Announcement regarding Kansai Chapter Election

Members of the Democrats Abroad Japan Kansai Chapter,

Thank you for participating in the recent Kansai Chapter election. Democrats Abroad aims to host fair and transparent elections and give everyone an equal opportunity for candidacy and voting.

Unfortunately, we regret to inform that the election did not directly follow procedures as described by the Country Committee Election Procedures. Specifically, there were 4 issues.

  1. The Kansai Nomination and Election Committee (NEC) consisted of 2 members when the NEC should have at least 3 members. (2a)

  2. There was no submission regarding the vote counts and meeting minutes. (1d, 3a, 3m, 3n)

  3. The Chair-elect and Vice-Chair elect were not registered members of Democrats Abroad when they ran for office. (5a1)

  4. Ballots were not officially distributed to all membership. Ballots were sent out to members on the activist mailing list and made public on the DAJK facebook page, but not through the DAJ website or email. (9d1, 9d2)

Due to these issues, the Kansai Chapter election results cannot be accepted, and the elections will be reheld.

A new Kansai Nomination and Election Committee has been appointed, and we aim to run this second election as smoothly and quickly as possible. On Friday August 16th, we will send out an announcement opening the call for nominations and informing you about the election schedule. The announcement will be set out via email and posted on the Democrats Abroad Japan website. If you have any further questions, you may address them to the committee at [email protected]

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to your participation!


Kansai Nomination and Election Committee

Kiyoko Ayukawa

Anna Costello

John Baumlin