Brazil's electoral authority fines Bolsonaro's party, accused of "bad faith"
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The party of outgoing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who filed an appeal on Tuesday against the result of the October presidential election, was refused on Wednesday by the electoral authority. The latter considered that the complaint was in “bad faith” and imposed a fine of approximately 4.2 million dollars.

The political party of outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro was fined Wednesday, November 23 by the electoral authority of Brazil for having requested with “bad faith” the revision of the result of the presidential election, won by Lula.

The president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Alexandre de Moraes, considered that the complaint filed on Tuesday by the Liberal Party (PL) was in “bad faith”, according to a text published on the institution’s website, which told him fined approximately $4.2 million.

The judgment highlighted “the absence of evidence and circumstances justifying the establishment of an extraordinary verification” of some 280,000 electronic ballot boxes used during the presidential election.

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The left-wing candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won the second round of the presidential election on October 30 with a small majority of 50.9% against 49.1% for the far-right head of state.

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The PL had asked Tuesday “the invalidation of the votes from the electronic ballot boxes for which insurmountable malfunctions have been brought to light, and to draw the legal consequences for the results of the second round”.

This formation, which obtained the largest number of deputies and senators at the end of the legislative elections, considers that the “malfunctioning” of five models of ballot boxes “calls into question the transparency of the electoral process”. These ballot boxes date from before 2020, also supported the PL.

The arguments presented are “absolutely false”, said Alexandre de Moraes, and the request “ostensibly offensive to the democratic rule of law and made incoherently, with the aim of encouraging criminal and anti-democratic movements”. These movements, he adds, have manifested themselves in “serious threats and violence” during road blockades throughout the country.

After Lula’s victory, supporters of Jair Bolsonaro staged hundreds of blockades that lasted several days and sometimes resulted in clashes with security forces.

Jair Bolsonaro has practically disappeared from public life for more than three weeks, after the announcement of his defeat against ex-president Lula (2003-2010). He broke his silence two days later, without explicitly acknowledging his defeat, and evoking the “feeling of injustice” of his supporters who were demonstrating in front of barracks to demand military intervention.

With AFP

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