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Brazilian voter turnout abroad up 63%

US largest Brazilian constituency abroad with 112,000 voters

Published in 06/10/2014 - 13:12

By Giselle Garcia, Agência Brasil/EBC correspondent Copenhagen, Denmark

Candidato à Presidência da República, Aécio Neves (PSDB), concede entrevista após definição do 2 turno (Valter Campanato/Agência Brasil)

Aécio Neves, from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), was the most voted abroad, with 49.51% of voteValter Campanato/Agência Brasil

A total of 141,501 Brazilians voted on Sunday (Oct. 5) from 89 countries abroad to choose the next Brazilian president. The number is 63% higher than that recorded in the first round of the 2010 elections. Absent turnout also increased, going from 55.5% to 59.9%.

Once all votes were counted from the 954 ballots used in 135 cities across all continents, the overall results were as follows: Aécio Neves, from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), was the most voted, with 49.51% of vote; Marina Silva, running under the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), came second with 26.01%, and the incumbent president Dilma Rousseff, of the Workers' Party (PT), ranked third with 18.35%.

Some 400 people voted in Denmark, out of whom 32.39% chose Neves, 31.55% voted for Silva, and 25.63% went for Rousseff. A similar ranking order occurred in such countries as Britain, Italy, and Germany, whereas in Portugal, the European nation with the largest number of Brazilian voters, Rousseff was the runner-up.

In Guinea-Bissau, Africa, Marina Silva was the most voted in the first round, with 46.34% of valid votes, followed by Rousseff, who obtained 36.59%, and Neves, with 9.76%.The same occurred in Mozambique, where Silva was chosen by 37.23% of voters – 4 percentage points ahead of Dilma Rousseff, who garnered 33.33% support. Aécio Neves was voted for by 23.40% of Brazilians in Mozambique.

Translated by Mayra Borges

Fonte: Brazilian voter turnout abroad up 63%
Edition: Graça Adjuto / Augusto Queiroz

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