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The scrutiny of an election day in which 156 million Brazilians were called to the polls has begun. The polling stations have registered long queues throughout the day, and voters have been asked not to give up: all voters who are in line after closing time, 5:00 p.m. Brasilia time, will be able to vote. This is somewhat delaying the final results, which have already begun to come out: 45 minutes after the closing of the schools, 1.29% of the votes have already been counted. The main candidates, according to the polls, are the far-right and current president, Jair Bolsonaro, who is seeking re-election, and the leftist Lula da Silva, former president between 2003 and 2011. The same polls give a clear advantage to the candidate of the Workers’ Party , even with the possibility of exceeding 50% of the valid votes needed to gain access to the presidency in the first round. Bolsonaro voted in the morning in Rio de Janeiro, the state he has represented since the beginning of his career. The president once again questioned the security of the electronic ballot boxes and raised the threat of a fraud that would harm him. “With clean elections, the best man wins, without any problem,” he said. His rival, Lula da Silva, voted in São Bernardo do Campo, on the outskirts of São Paulo, the industrial district where he was born into political life. The former president called for an end to hatred: “The most fanatical Bolsonarists will have to adapt to the majority of society.”
The delay in the closure of many schools lengthens the entry of votes in the count
The queues recorded throughout the day at many polling stations are delaying the closing of the polls and, with them, the count. One hour after the polls close, only just over 2% of the electoral sections have been counted.
The Regional Electoral Courts of several states have already warned that the results will only begin to enter between one and two hours after the official closing of the polling stations, and that the final results will only be between two and three hours after the closing.
Celsio explains why he voted for Bolsonaro
Polling stations closed
They have closed the polling stations in Brazil on a day in which 156 million Brazilians were called to the polls. The polling stations have registered long queues throughout the day, and voters have been asked not to give up: all voters who are in line after closing time, 5:00 p.m. Brasilia time, will be able to vote. This may somewhat delay the final results, which, according to the Superior Electoral Court, will begin to appear within the next hour.
The president of the Superior Electoral Court affirms that the vote is being “calm and harmonious”
By Thiago Ferrer Morini. The president of the Superior Electoral Court, Alexandre de Moraes, stated at a press conference that election day is being “calm and harmonious” throughout Brazil and that the long queues registered at some polling stations are “within normality”. Moraes has recalled that all voters who are at the polling station at closing time will be able to vote and that shifts will be distributed to register that they were waiting.
Giovanni, a 31-year-old lawyer, and Cecilia, a 36-year-old photographer, explain why they are going to vote for Lula
Long queues less than an hour before polling stations close
By Jon Martín Cullel. Election day is passing calmly but with long lines. Queues of up to three hours are reported in some parts of the country. Among the most frequent problems for voters is forgetting the code associated with each candidate to enter it in the electronic ballot box. The Superior Electoral Court has clarified that whoever arrives at the polling station before it closes at 5:00 p.m. will be able to vote.
Only small incidents so far, indicates the Superior Electoral Court
The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) has published at 12:00 noon in Brasilia its second bulletin with the incidents of election day, in which 156 million Brazilians are called to the polls. According to the TSE, up to 11:40 a.m., 1,420 ballot boxes (0.29% of the total) have needed to be replaced.
So far, only one small incident in voting at the electoral college in Lisbon (Portugal) stands out, the largest outside of Brazil. A man, who had already voted, tried twice to use the electronic ballot box in section 541, for which 59 votes had to be annulled and the machine withdrawn. The man will be accused of an electoral crime. The rest of the voting in that section is being done by paper ballot.
The favelas prefer Lula
Joan Royo Gual has approached the Rocinha favela in Rio, the largest in Brazil with almost 70,000 inhabitants, and has spoken with María Divina de Oliveira, a Lula voter. “My relatives are eating to the bone and Bolsonaro says that hunger does not exist,” she points out.
Tranquility in Bolsonaro’s house
The surroundings of President Jair Bolsonaro’s house in Rio de Janeiro are quiet. The residents of Barra da Tijuca, a wealthy neighborhood facing the sea, are sure that the extreme rightist will win against all odds, informs our colleague Joan Royo Gual from the place.
Lula sweeps New Zealand
The candidate on the left has won a resounding victory in New Zealand, the country where the first electoral college opened. Lula has received 73% of the votes, against 16% for Bolsonaro. 451 valid votes have been counted. In neighboring East Timor, on the other hand, Bolsonaro has won the election, with 65 of the 129 votes cast, compared to 18 for Lula, reports Globo. The Brazilian community in those two countries pales before the more than 45,000 citizens who live in Lisbon.
Long lines and some confusion in the vote abroad
Brazilians residing in Germany had to wait up to three hours to vote at the country’s Embassy in Berlin, reports the Folha de São Paulo newspaper. In Lisbon, the city with the largest number of voters outside of Brazil, there were also lines and moments of tension between voters of Bolsonaro and Lula. One citizen voted twice, which led to the invalidation of one of the electronic ballot boxes, as well as 59 previously cast votes. The man will be charged in Brazil for a possible electoral crime.
Sergio Moro, the judge who sentenced the former president: “I will never be with Lula”
Sergio Moro, the judge who convicted Lula of corruption and who was later Bolsonaro’s security minister, voted this morning in Curitiba, in the south of the country. “I have no way of supporting Lula”, he has told the media. “I will not be with him or with the Workers’ Party under any circumstances because it is a government that was marked by corruption scandals.” Moro’s sentences against Lula were annulled by the Supreme Court due to procedural defects and for considering that the judge was not impartial. After being Bolsonaro’s minister, he announced his candidacy for the Presidency, but ended up giving up the idea.
The Electoral Court sanctions Bolsonaro for spreading false information against Lula
The president of the Superior Electoral Court, Alexandre de Moraes, ordered the removal of the replica of information from the social networks of the president and his three children. considered “knowingly untrue”. The measure reaches a website related to the president, O Antagonista.
According to the information, the police intercepted a conversation in August in which Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho, alias Marcola, head of the First Command of the Capital mafia group, asked Lula for a vote. Bolsonaro replied to the news last night on his official Twitter account as part of a long thread against the former president. “Organized crime supports Lula, because Lula represents her interests,” Bolsonaro said in the tiut that must now be deleted by court order.
The website, meanwhile, must pay 100,000 reais, equivalent to 20,000 dollars, for each day that the false news is visible on the internet.
The image of Lula’s vote
Lula kisses the voting receipt, at his polling station in São Bernardo do Campo. The image is of Ricardo Stuckert, the official photographer who has accompanied him for decades and who shapes his public presence. To know more, you can read this report about the one who is the shadow of the president.
Report | Lula’s metallurgical union, waiting for a victory in the face of decline
The ABC Metalworkers Union is celebrating. Lula has returned, after the judges annulled her convictions for corruption due to formal defects. Nobody expected it. “No one thought that her return was possible. We believed that she was going to continue there in jail”, says Moisés Selerges, president of the union. “Lula was a father to us.” If he wins, concrete measures are expected from him to stop the industrial decline in the area. In the image of Avener Prado, Gijo, Lula’s friend and former trade unionist.
“Thank you, friend Trump!”
Former US President Donald Trump has expressed his support for Jair Bolsonaro, whom he has described as “one of the best presidents any country could have” and a “respected leader around the world”. The Brazilian has appreciated the support. “Thank you, friend Trump! Thanks to the support of the Brazilian people and our determination to fight for the interests of Brazil, today we are respected throughout the world and we have the support of free and prosperous nations and no longer of socialist dictatorships, as in the past”, has indicated in social networks.
Lula da Silva: “We don’t want more hate”
The former PT president and candidate voted early in São Bernardo do Campo, the municipality near São Paulo where he developed his career as a union leader. After marking his choice in the electronic ballot box, he made statements to the press.
“We don’t want any more hate, these are very important elections for me,” he said, surrounded by dozens of journalists and supporters.
Lula sent a direct message to the voters of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro, many of them convinced that a defeat for the president will only be possible if there is fraud. “The most fanatical Bolsonarists will have to adapt to the majority of society. The majority of society does not want confrontation, it wants peace. People do not want arms sales, they want books. Most people want peace. Those who do not they want it, they don’t respect the law, it’s their problem. I think it will be easy for us to restore peace and democracy,” Lula said.
The Brazilian voter must press five number combinations to choose their candidates in the electronic ballot box. Instructions circulate in whatsapp groups so as not to make mistakes.
Dilma Rousseff confident of a victory in the first round
Former president Dilma Rousseff, Lula’s successor, voted this morning in Belo Horizonte, in the center of the country. “My expectation is that she wins democracy and that means a victory for Lula in the first round,” she said, upon arriving at the polling station. When asked if she would accept a position in a future Lula government, she answered vaguely: “I was already president, so let’s go slowly.” Rousseff, whose mandate is associated with the economic crisis and the ‘Lava Jato’ corruption scandal, was ousted from power in 2018 through a controversial ‘impeachment’. In this campaign, she has had a supporting role, with a handful of appearances at political rallies. You can read more about Rousseff here.
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