Brazil: electoral authority rejects request of Bolsonaro party to cancel part of Lula’s votes

The Liberal Party received, Wednesday, with a heavy fine for having asked with “bad faith” the revision of the result of the presidential election won by his left rival.

MO12345lemonde with AFP

a rejection and a fine. The Brazilian Higher Electoral Court (TSE) did not follow up on the appeal formulated by the formation of the outgoing president Jair Bolsonaro who asked for the cancellation of part of the votes obtained by his competitor Lula in the second round of the presidential election won by the latter.

In a text published on the institution’s website, its president Alexandre de Moraes considers that the complaint filed Tuesday by the Liberal Party (PL) was “bad faith”. In addition, the TSE inflicts a fine of approximately 23 million reales (around 4.1 million euros).

The PL had asked Tuesday “the invalidation of votes from electronic polls for which insurmountable dysfunctions were uncovered, and to draw the legal consequences for the results of the second round”.

The judgment underlined “the absence of evidence and circumstances justifying the implementation of an extraordinary verification” of the 280,000 electronic urns used during the presidential election of October 30 which had seen the victory of the left candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva with a small majority of 50.9 % against 49.1 % for the head of state of the far right.

His party, which obtained the greatest number of deputies and senators at the end of the legislative elections, believed that the “malfunction” of five models of urns “calls into question the transparency of the electoral process”. These ballot boxes date from before 2020, also supported the pl.

of “absolutely false” arguments

The arguments presented are “absolutely false”, estimated Alexandre de Moraes, and the demand “ostensibly offensive for the rule of democratic law and made in an incoherent manner, in order to encourage criminal and anti -democratic movements”. These movements, he adds, manifested themselves by “threats and serious violence” during blockages of roads throughout the country.

After Lula’s victory, Jair Bolsonaro supporters organized hundreds of blockages that lasted several days and sometimes gave rise to clashes with the 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 came out of his silence two days later, without explicitly recognizing his defeat, and evoking the “feeling of injustice” of his supporters who demonstrated before barracks to claim military intervention.

/Media reports cited above.