July 29, 2021
Brazil (Reuters) – Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro called on Thursday to replace the country’s electronic voting system with countable printed ballots, arguing that fraud should be avoided in next year’s elections.
“I want elections next year, but I want clean, democratic and honest elections,” he told supporters in a weekly social media webcast.
Bolsonaro showed a series of Internet video clips as evidence of past fraud, claiming that democracy was at stake in Brazil.
Critics say Bolsonaro, like former US President Donald Trump, is spreading suspicions of elections to pave the way for not accepting defeat in 2022.
Opinion polls show that he is chasing former leftist president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva as his popularity declined after monitoring the world’s second most deadly coronavirus outbreak. , Neither has officially announced that it will not be implemented.
Bolsonaro has been arguing for months that Brazil should adopt paper ballots, even though constitutional amendments that change the electoral system have not gained much momentum in Congress.
Brazil’s highest electoral college, the Tokyo Stock Exchange, has refuted Bolsonaro’s unfounded allegations of fraud in the 2014 elections, saying electronic voting can be fully audited. Even the 2014 loser, Aécio Neves, who lost to Lula’s candidate Dilma Rousseff in a close election, said it was fair.
The escalation of Bolsonaro’s allegations of fraud was a tremendous amount of time, days after bomb newspaper reports that the Brazilian Defense Minister threatened to hold the 2022 elections unless printed ballots were used. It happened to.
According to Estado de San Paulo, former Army General Defense Minister Walter Braganet told the Speaker of the House Arthur Lira through a dialogue. Reuters was unable to independently verify the story citing anonymous sources.
Both Lira and Braganette denied the report.
(Report by Anthony Board; edited by Sam Holmes)
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