Allies of Jair Bolsonaro detached themselves from the challenge made by the president of Brazil to the results of the ballotage

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Officials say declaring voter fraud will only inflame anger in the streets

Allies of Jair Bolsonaro detached themselves from the challenge made by the president of Brazil to the results of the ballotage

Jair Bolsonaro ( REUTERS/Adriano Machado)

The political allies of Jair Bolsonarorecognized behind the scenes that the audit presented by the Liberal Party (PL) against the election results has no prospect of prospering and that its objective is to inflame protests that have been on the rise in recent days, registering acts of sabotage, attacks and kidnappings.

On the eve of the PL's claim, the Brazilian Supreme Court warned its president, Valdemar Costa Neto, that he would have no choice any chance of prospering, something he knew, but he justified that he will go ahead to avoid a rebellion within the core of the party closest to Bolsonaro.

Not even the most unconditional allies of the still president of Brazil trust that the Superior Electoral Tribunal will modify the result of the elections, however, at least, they hope that it will serve to establish the doubt that Bolsonaro was a victim of electoral fraud, such and how he was warning of this possibility during the electoral campaign.

Thus, according to a conversation among regulars at the meetings with Bolsonaro at the Palacio de la Alvorada to which the newspaper 'Folha de Sao Paulo', the actions of the PL would at least serve to inflame the spirits in the streets.

In recent days, roadblocks and protests have intensified, especially in states such as Mato Grosso, Santa Catarina and Rondonia -where Bolsonaro obtained better electoral results- and there have been acts of sabotage that could be classified as possible crimes of terrorism.

Jair Bolsonaro's allies broke away from the challenge made by the president of Brazil to the results of the ballotage

The party of Lula da Silva rejected Jair Bolsonaro's challenge to the results of the ballotage (REUTERS/Carla Carniel)

Since the triumph of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva became known, thousands of people have gathered at the gates of the Army barracks to ask between prayers and Nazi salutes for a coup d'état, or to stop traffic by burning vehicles, sabotage of infrastructures and attacks on police officers and drivers.

The audit commissioned by the PL pointed out that the president of Brazil was the most voted in the newest model ballot boxes, made from 2020, with 51.05% of the votes. The complaint also states that there were “nonconformities irreparable” in the voting machines with the potential to “taint” the election that resulted in the victory of the leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Specifically, the lawsuit is focused on a 61 % of the 577,125 ballot boxes used in the October elections, about which the PL said they were manufactured between 2009 and 2015 and “cannot be audited”, unlike the rest, more modern, 2020 model.

For the opposition, this new attempt to question the electoral result is nothing more than a plan that has been orchestrated over the last few years, intensified when Lula da Silva recovered his political rights. Since then they have been attacking electronic ballot boxes, now the target of this PL audit, the acronym under which Bolsonaro ran in the elections.

In these, the Brazilian press has recalled an interview in May by the STB chain with one of Bolsonaro's sons, Flávio , in which he anticipated that the distrust of some towards electronic ballot boxes could generate “a revolt ” and “danger of instability”.

It is unlikely that Bolsonaro's request will go far, since Lula's victory was ratified by the TSE and recognized by Brazil's top politicians and international allies, including the United States.

(With information from Europa Press)

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