Brazil: Bolsonaro requested the partial annulment of the elections that gave Lula the victory
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro made it clear on Tuesday that he is reluctant to accept the victory of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, through a lawsuit in which his party asks to partially invalidate the result of the elections. The claim was filed by the Liberal Party (PL)who supported the candidacy for re-election of the far-right leader, and questions 61 percent of electronic ballot boxes used in the second round of the elections held on October 30.

According to the official result, Lula prevailed in the ballotage with 50.9 percent of the votes compared to the 49.1 percent reached by Bolsonaro, in a process endorsed and recognized as transparent by all the national and international observer missions that participated.

The PL commissioned an audit to a private company that concluded that 61 percent of the 577,125 ballot boxes used in the second round of the elections, manufactured between 2009 and 2015, cannot be audited, unlike other 2020 models. that, if only these more modern ballot boxes are taken into account, Bolsonaro won the elections with 51.05 percent of the votes.

The engineer Carlos Rocharesponsible for the report, explained that there are “very strong indications of malfunction” in the old urns and that “a possible inspection, an extraordinary verification, in the face of an extraordinary event” should be carried out. The lawyer Marcelo Bessa, who represents the PL, contributed that “because of this technical report, the inconsistencies and the relevant data” that it presents, the right-wing formation asked the electoral authorities to “verify this possible malfunction”.

The president of the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Alexander de Moraesimmediately responded to the PL’s demand and said that It can only be analyzed if there are also doubts about the first round, made four weeks earlier. In that first round, the legislative elections were also held, in which the PL obtained 99 deputies, which will give it the first minority in the Lower House starting next year.

The president of the PL, Valdemar Costa Neto, in an ambiguous statement, clarified that the report on which the lawsuit is based does not represent the opinion of the party, but considered that “it must be analyzed in order to strengthen democracy.” Costa Neto denied that the plan is to call for a new election or “upset the life of the country”, although he assured that they are going to request a review and submit a proposal to the highest electoral court.

However, Judge Moraes clarified that the ballot boxes placed under suspicion were used in both rounds, so urged the PL to “also question the result of the first round within 24 hours”.

The PT asks to end the malice

The Workers’ Party (PT), who headed the electoral coalition that brought Lula to power, rejected the action attempted by the PL and considered it a “ruse” that cannot prosper in justice. “Bolsonaro’s appeal to the TSE is a ruse that has to be sanctioned as a lawsuit in bad faith. Enough of malice, irresponsibility and insults to institutions and democracy,” said the president of the PT, Gleisi Hoffmannin a message posted on Twitter.

“The election was decided with the vote and Brazil needs peace to build a better future”added Hoffmann, one of the heads of the transition team appointed by Lula, who is recovering from minor throat surgery.

Bolsonaro remains silent

In the last twenty days, Bolsonaro has not been seen in public and has disappeared from his social networks, in which he was very active. Although he has not publicly accepted his defeat, he began the transition process with the team designated by Lula for that purpose.

Nevertheless, the PL’s demand was interpreted as a new onslaught against electronic ballot boxes, about which the far-right leader sows suspicions since Lula began to move away in the polls, more than a year ago. In 2021, the president came to be investigated by the Federal Supreme Court for spreading false news to attack the current voting system and thus trying to denounce fraud in the 2022 elections in case of defeat.

The liberals’ demand generated uproar in the camps that thousands of far-right activists have maintained for three weeks at the gates of dozens of barracks, demanding a coup that prevents Lula’s inauguration on January 1st.

A video about one of these protests, held in front of a Porto Alegre barracks, generated all kinds of comments on social networks, as protesters can be seen flashing lights into the sky with their phones. What many came to interpret as a request for extraterrestrial help was explained by one of the participants with the excuse that in reality the lights were aimed at an officer’s office, on one of the upper floors of the barracks.

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