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  • A man casts his vote during the presidential election in Curitiba, Brazil Oct. 7, 2018.

    A man casts his vote during the presidential election in Curitiba, Brazil Oct. 7, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 7 October 2018
Opinion

teleSUR brings you the latest updates from Sunday Brazil's general elections which many see as a choice between democracy and fascism.

For Live Updates of the second round of Brazil's presidential elections click here

Brazilians voted Sunday in a polarized presidential race that could result in the election of a far-right former Army captain, Jair Bolsonaro, a long-time congressman who has repeatedly praised the 1964-85 military regime, who had carried out torture, disappearances and extrajudicial killings of activists and opposition. 

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In second place are the candidates Fernando Haddad and Manuela D'avila of the leftist Workers Party’s (PT). Haddad served as minister of education from 2005, during Lula's presidency, to 2012, when Rousseff was serving her first term. D'Avila hails from the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB).

The latest polls for the first round from the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics (Ibope), Datafolha and Vox Populi put Bolsonaro at 35 percent (Datafolha), 32 percent (Ibope) and 34 percent (Vox Populi) of voter intention respectively. Haddad, meanwhile, would get 22 percent (Datafolha), 23 percent (Ibope) and 27 percent (Vox Populi) of the vote.

The 147 million voters will choose the president, all 513 members of the lower house of Congress, two-thirds of the 81-member Senate plus governors and lawmakers in all 27 states. For the presidency, if no candidate reaches 50 percent plus one vote, then the winner of the Sunday's vote and the runner-up go to the second round on Oct. 28. 

All updates are in local times in Brazil.

UPDATE 08:29 p.m.
With less than ten percent of ballots left, votes for far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro hover at just 47.01 percent, while Workers Party candidate Fernando Haddad comes in with 27.97 percent.
 

UPDATE 08:26 p.m.
Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro call voter fraud, saying that their candidate should have won the first round of votes. Per the most recent results, Bolsonaro has waivered just a few percentage points from the required 50 percent necessary to win the elections.

UPDATE 08:03 p.m.

Roughly 86 percent of the ballots has been tallied and far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro has fallen from 48.12 percent to 47.60. Support for his top competitor, Workers Party candidate Fernando Haddad, has grown to 27.2 percent.

UPDATE 07:47 p.m.

With 72 percent of the votes counted, the latest statistics show Jair Bolsonaro leading in the poles with 48.12 percent and Workers Party Fernando Haddad following behind with 26.97 percent.

UPDATE 07:24 p.m.

With 68 percent of votes counted far-right Jair Bolsonaro is leading the first round with 46.4 percent and Workers Party Fernando Haddad is in the second place with 25.2 percent of the votes.

UPDATE 7:06 p.m.

With 57 percent of votes scrutinized far-right Jair Bolsonaro is leading the first round with 48,84 percent and Workers Party Fernando Haddad is in the second place with 26,30 percent of the votes.

UPDATE 6:41 p.m.

Fernando Haddad (PT) will accompany the counting of the elections in a hotel in downtown São Paulo, alongside the leadership of the PT party. PT candidate and president Gleisi Hoffman has already arrived, a press statement is also scheduled.

UPDATE 6:28 p.m.

Election day ends in a large part of Brazil and exit polls numbers slowly become available. Still without official results.

UPDATE 5:56 p.m.
Presidential exit polls and preliminary results will start to be available when the polls close in every state of Brazil (7 p.m.)
Some results for local authorities have started to appear. In Brasilia, with 85 percent of the votes counted Ibaneis form the MDB party has 42,04 percent of the votes, followed by Rollemberg form the PSB party with 14 percent.
In Rio Grande do Sul with 22 percent of the votes counted Eduardo Leite form the PSDB party is winning with 34,69 percent of the votes and Jose Ivo Sartori from MDB is in second place with 33,21 percent of the votes.

UPDATE 4:14 p.m.

In less than an hour, the polls will close in Rio de Janeiro, and there is a calm ambiance in the voting centers.

UPDATE 3:40 p.m.

The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) announced on Sunday that up until 2:00 p.m. a total of 964 electronic voting machines were substituted in different zones of the country. So far the manual voting system has not been used.

UPDATE: 03:46 p.m.

Artemisa Lopes da Silva, 65 years old, gets on a boat after being the first member of her community to vote in Iranbuda, state of Amazonas. Photo | EFE

UPDATE: 03:39 p.m.

The Indigenous Parliamentary Front, made up of 79 Indigenous candidates, are organizing against the far-right.

UPDATE: 03:08 p.m.

Political and legal experts have been warning of the dangers of a potential Bolsonaro presidency. The candidate has repeatedly expressed views in favor of the military dictatorship. 

UPDATE: 02:54 p.m.

UPDATE 02:42 p.m.

Polling stations closed in 18 countries in Asia and Europe. Results of foreign polls will be published starting 7:00 p.m., Brasilia time.

Meanwhile, elections are running calmly in Rio de Janeiro, where 12 million people are registered to vote for their president, governor and members of the parliament.

UPDATE: 01:50 p.m.

The right-wing U.S. political figure had long been a follower of Bolsonaro and became even more involved by his presidential campaign after seeing videos of him swarmed by a crowd of people as he arrived at a Brazilian airport, according to Brasil 24/7.

UPDATE: 01:10 p.m.

Local news organizations and social media users are sharing videos of people voting for Bolsonaro using guns. Authorities prohibited voters entering booths with mobile phones, cameras or recorders, however, some seem to be breaking the ban and bringing guns and recording themselves.

"Some voters of Jair Bolsonaro (PSL) are carrying guns into voting booths. Besides, they photograph and record videos with revolvers, constituting an electoral crime."

UPDATE: 01:00 p.m.

Rosa Weber, head of the electoral authorities, announced the election day has run without major problems. Most of the electoral crimes registered are related to illegal transportation of voters. She also denounced propaganda "Fake News" being shared on social media and urged voters to verify the source of what they read and see on the internet.

President of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) Rosa Weber, casts her vote in Brasilia. Photo | Reuters

UPDATE: 12:12 p.m.

Brazilians in London protest against Bolsonaro.


"In moments of crisis, we're not submissive. #NotHim women in London had a clash with a demonstrator on the street. Here and everywhere, women are on the street to fight."

UPDATE: 11:56 a.m.

The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) has registered 38 cases of irregularities by candidates and voters.

A candidate was arrested in Sao Paulo on ‘propaganda’ chargers and two voters in Mato Grosso do Sul. Names were not given.

Electoral crimes that can take you to prison this Sunday in Brazil are using loudspeakers for propaganda, transporting voters illegally, giving away food with electoral purposes and handing in propaganda.

UPDATE: 11:27 a.m.

There are more than 500,000 voters registered in foreign countries, voting in embassies and consulates.

Brazilian citizens living in Argentina vote at Brazil's embassy during the presidential election inBrazil, in Buenos Aires. Photo | Reuters

UPDATE: 11:00 a.m.

UPDATE:10:44 a.m.

Presidential candidate Geraldo Alckmin, running for the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), cast his vote. The candidate reached 11 percent in the opinion polls, but latest polls gave him 4.2 percent.

UPDATE: 10:40 a.m.

"You've done your part," former president Lula da Silva tells Haddad in his first tweet on the elections day.
 

UPDATE: 10:35 a.m.

 

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m.

Former President and current Senate candidate Dilma Rousseff cast her vote in her home state Minas Gerais, where she's leading opinion polls.

Dilma voting in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Photo | EFE

Rousseff talked to the press before voting in Belo Horizonte and said that even if Bolsonaro wins the elections, that wouldn’t define the direction of the country.

“Any candidacy, whoever it is, that compromises on Brazil’s democracy is a very dangerous democracy because today we’re deciding if we go on the democratic way or on the way to authoritarianism and fascism.”

According to Rousseff, Bolsonaro defends “hatred and violence” and represents a danger to democracy, but she believes there’s the possibility of a different outcome for the elections.

Photo | Reuters

UPDATE: 10:21 a.m.

Guilherme Boulos, leftist candidate of the Socialism and Liberty Party and National Coordination of Landless Workers' Movement (MTST) cast his vote in Sao Paulo.

"Guilherme Boulos votes at the Catholic University of Sao Paulo along WITH his partner Natalia Szermeta and daughters, greeting by candidates and friends when exiting." 

UPDATE: 10:16 a.m.

 

UPDATE 10:05 a.m.

Haddad cast his vote at a polling station in Sao Paulo.

Haddad voting. Photo | Reuters

 After casting his vote, Haddad said he hopes the second round of the process will be “more civilized” compared to October 7’s, and suggested he’s already approaching leftist candidates for the possibility of a coalition.

“I have a great respect for those who are taking part, especially with those I worked with under Lula’s government, with Marina, Ciro Gomes, Meirelles,” he said.

“But I want to say that we will expand our alliance beyond parties, for Brazilians, regardless of political parties, that want to contribute in the democratic reconstruction of the country.”

He also confessed he “understand the anxiety” of Bolsonaro, who wants to win in the first round.

"Presidential candidate Fernando Haddad voted in Sao Paulo surrounded by members of social movements."
 

UPDATE 10:04 a.m.

"A short summary on Brazil elections.

Surveys: The presidency is disputed between left and far-right.

Surveys: There will be a second round.

Experts: The results of Brazil elections will influence geopolitics in Latin America."

UPDATE 9:48 a.m.

PT's presidential candidate Fernando Haddad arrives at the polling station.

Meanwhile, Hamilton Mourao, vice presidential candidate of Jair Bolsonaro, casts his vote in Brasilia.

Retired General,  member of the far-right Brazilian Labour Renewal Party Hamilton Mourao. Photo | Reuters

UPDATE 9:39 a.m.

Presidential candidate Ciro Gomes of the Democratic Labour Party (PDT), casts his vote with his granddaughter, Maria Clara, in Fortaleza. Photo | Reuters

UPDATE 9:33 a.m.


"There's a lot to improve, say people paying attention to election's results. Unemployment in Brazil is over 12 percent, more than 23 million live under the poverty line and security increased in the last years."

UPDATE 9:00 a.m.

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro arrives at a polling station in Rio de Janeiro.

Photo: Reuters

UPDATE 8:54 a.m.

Woman casting her vote in the presidential election in Curitiba. Photo | Reuters

UPDATE 8:52 a.m.

The electronic voting system is expected to facilitate the electoral process and throw results in the evening.

"Today almost 150 million Brazilians can vote in the country's general elections. There are 10.8 million voters in the state of Rio de Janeiro."

UPDATE 8:40 a.m.

President Michel Temer cast his vote and said he's confident "all Brazilians will unite again" after elections, one of the most polarized in the country's history.

"Power belongs to the people, it will not be Bolsonaro's or Haddad's, whoever it is," said Temer.

Temer arriving to the polling station in Sao Paulo. Photo | EFE

UPDATE 8:30 a.m.

Fernando Haddad expected to cast his vote shortly in Sao Paulo. He met with workers at the Metalurgicos do ABC. 

PT Candidate Fernando Haddad. Photo | Reuters

UPDATE 8:20 a.m.

Manuela d'Avila, the vice presidential candidate for the PT and Brazil's communist's party cast her vote. 

"Vice-president candidate of @Haddad_Fernando, @ManuelaDavila votes south of the country. Photo: Folha de S. Paulo."

UPDATE 8:00 a.m.

Polls begin opening in the capital Brasilia, Sao Paulo and other regions in the country and will remain open until 5 p.m. Due to different time zones, stations in other provinces will remain open two more hours. There are more than 500,000 voters registered in foreign countries.


"As expected, polls opened at 8 a.m. in Brazil. The people of Sao Paulo, the city with the highest number of voters in Brazil, are voting already."

UPDATE 7:59 a.m.


"Brazilians wait for polls to open in Sao Paulo. This is the first elections since the impeachment against Dilma Rousseff."

UPDATE 7:34 a.m.

Brazilians stand in line outside a polling station to cast their votes in the presidential election, in Rio de Janeiro. Photo | Reuters
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