The Liberal Party (PL), which backed Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro’s disappointing re-election bid, asked electoral authorities to annul the election results won by Luis Inacio Lula da Silva on Tuesday.
PL has filed a lawsuit at the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) asking for the “nullification” of the results of the old model electronic boxes, which are more than half, because they find it impossible to audit them. An audit commissioned by the PL highlighted that Bolsonaro had the most votes in the latest model ballot boxes manufactured as of 2020, with 51.05% of the vote.
Specifically, the request focuses on 61% of the 577,125 ballot boxes used in the October election, which the PL said were manufactured between 2009 and 2015 and “cannot be audited”, unlike the rest of the more modern 2020 model. At a press conference called by PL, engineer Carlos Rocha, who is in charge of the audit, explained that the purpose of this work is to “contribute to the strengthening of democracy” and “improve the electoral system.” He claimed that the report revealed “very strong indications of malfunction” of many ballot boxes and that the intention now is “a possible inspection, an extraordinary verification that would be carried out in the light of an extraordinary event”.
Lawyer Marcelo Besa, who represents the PL, added that “because of this technical report, the discrepancies and the relevant data” that it presents, this formation has asked the electoral authorities to “check this possible malfunction”. According to Besa, “if it was verified, the necessary legal measures should be taken”, on which he refrained from commenting.
According to official results, Lula won the second round of the election on October 30 with 50.9% of the vote, compared to Bolsonaro’s 49.1%. The former Brazilian president was initially expected to reject the results, and although he has yet to admit defeat publicly, he has allowed the transition to begin with a team appointed by Lula.
The ballot boxes were inspected and certified by a number of official bodies, including the armed forces, which found no evidence of fraud in the election results, but did not rule out the possibility that it had occurred.
Since the day after the election, thousands of far-right activists have camped outside the gates of dozens of barracks in various cities across the country, demanding a coup to prevent Lula’s inauguration, but the military has so far ignored them. movement.
One such protest, which took place near the barracks in Porto Alegre, drew all sorts of comments on social media, as protesters flashed their phones at the night sky and called for aliens to “help”. However, one of the participants explained that the light was actually directed towards the officer’s office, on one of the upper floors of the barracks.
Source: El Diario