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Bolsonaro Attacks Brazilian Electronic Voting System Again

  • President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil, Sept. 2022.

    President Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil, Sept. 2022. | Photo: Twitter/ @geraldosales02

Published 29 September 2022

All voting intention polls show he stays in second place after Lula Da Silva, who has an advantage of up to 18 percentage points.

On Wednesday, President Jair Bolsonaro again sowed doubts about the electronic voting system that Brazil uses since 1996 without having been the subject of proven fraud complaints. He did not present any evidence regarding his claims.


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"Despite the accompaniment of the Armed Forces... we could not zero out the possibility of fraud," Bolsonaro said four days before the presidential election.

Although the far-right President wants to be re-elected, all voting intention polls show that Bolsonaro is in second place after the Workers' Party candidate Lula Da Silva, who has an advantage of up to 18 percentage points and could win the elections in a single lap.

In what appears to be a desperate response to this trend, Bolsonaro has covertly threatened to ignore the results through new attacks on the electoral authorities and the voting system.

For instance, in a recent meeting with the Organization of American States electoral mission, former Capitan Bolsonaro said that "ballot boxes cannot be audited." He also complained that international observers "cannot do anything" against a possible fraud.

The strategy of questioning the electronic vote was also assumed this week by Ciro Gomes, a presidential candidate who does not even reach 8 percent of the preferences.

"Right now, Ciro is talking about fraud, adding to Bolsonaro's concrete threats of not accepting the results of the polls. That is contributing to chaos... he has to be responsible for what he says," journalist Vera Magalhaes pointed out.

"Bolsonaro's claim that they want to remove him from power through electoral fraud is the central argument of a great Hitler-style lie," writer Lula Falcao tweeted.

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