Brazil calls on “political forces” to respect recount results

The Government of Brazil, Guyana’s southern neighbour, is calling on certain “political forces” in the country to respect the will of the people, and for the elections’ declaration to be based on the recount results.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

The Brazilian Government, in a statement on Tuesday, said it has been following closely the developments of the general and regional elections held in the Guyana.
Pointing out that it has been four months since Guyanese went to the polls, the Jair Bolsonaro Administration has said it considers the delaying of the conclusion of the electoral process “a serious threat to stability in Guyana”, and “a departure from democratic commitments that the country must observe in the regional and hemispheric context.”
Against this backdrop, the Brazilian Government called for the will of the people to be respected.
“The Brazilian Government calls on Guyanese political forces to respect the popular will emanating from the elections, in line with the recent sentence of the Caribbean Court of Justice, in order to guarantee the prompt official announcement of the country’s new representatives,” the press release noted.
This is the first time that the Brazilian Government has commented on the March 2 electoral impasse in the country; it has now joined other regional nations to add its voice in calling for democracy to prevail in Guyana.
According to Brazil, it endorses the conclusions of the CARICOM Electoral Observation Mission regarding the smoothness of the recount procedure. Brazil said it further endorses the calls made by CARICOM as well as the Organisation of American States for the conclusion of the electoral process.
“Likewise, Brazil adds to the statements of CARICOM, the OAS, the European Union, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada, pointing out the absence of impediments to the declaration of final results based on the votes cast in the Recount Process.”
The Brazilian Government further called on Guyana, an Associated State of MERCOSUR – a South American trade bloc -to remain among the South American nations committed to the highest democratic principles.
Guyana and Brazil established diplomatic relations on August 26, 1968. Cooperation between the two countries covers a broad range of areas, including trade, health, agriculture, transport and security matters. (G11)