Public notice by Civil Vigilance in defence of democracy

In a notice, Civil Vigilance, made up of dozens of civil society organizations, including Conectas, have spoken out about the election results

Civil Vigilance, made up of dozens of civil society organizations, based at the São Paulo Bar Association, closely monitored the whole election process and is pleased that another election has come to a close. Once again, the Brazilian electoral system has proved its high standards, transparency and security, ensuring the Brazilian people can exercise popular sovereignty, through the vote.

In the wake of the result announced by the Superior Electoral Court, the organizations that make up Vigilance, hail Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva as the 39th President of Brazil.

Moving forward, it is important to act on the lessons learned during the 2022 election process. For example, issuing free transport proved to be a fundamental move in promoting the civil right to vote, giving the electorate universal access to their polling stations. This right should be acknowledged as an important democratic victory and should be applied in future elections.

It will also be important to investigate a number of reports of abuse of political power, including actions by the Federal Highway Police (PRF) and the possible impact of this on access to voting stations. These should be examined and, if proven, people should be held accountable and made an example of.

The Vigilance completed their work, certain that Brazilian democracy has been strengthened and with the hope that the country can proceed normally following an equally democratic transition of governments.

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