Through a press release, the government reported that it does not recognize the legitimacy of the electoral process held this Sunday, May 20th, in Venezuela. This process has been flawed since its genesis and did not meet the international standards of a pluralistic, free, democratic and transparent electoral process.
Costa Rica expresses its deep concern that the electoral day has not had the participation of all political actors, or independent international observers, which weakens democracy. It also confirms its unwavering commitment to democracy, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law based on a robust institutional framework as a guarantee,”
says the document.
The Costa Rican government recognizes the value of dialogue for the restoration of the essential elements for the Venezuelan people to have a representative democracy.
The Lima Group, of which Costa Rica is a member, has also questioned the legitimacy of the electoral process carried out in Venezuela because it did not comply with the international standards of a democratic, free, fair and transparent process.
Nicolás Maduro was reelected as president of that country, after obtaining more than 67% of the votes, against 21.2% of his main rival, Henri Falcón, after 92.6% of the minutes were scrutinized.
The trend is irreversible,”
said the president of the National Electoral Council, Tibisay Lucena, noting that, out of 8,603,936 votes, Maduro obtained 5,823,728 votes, in a questioned election whose results are not recognized by his adversary.
Members of the Venezuelan exile in Costa Rica gathered in Plaza de la Democracia, in downtown San José, to demonstrate against the presidential elections that took place in their country.