The president of the Liberal Party, Valdemar Costa Neto, sent a note to the Superior Electoral Tribunal to request the annulment of the votes in the ballot boxes manufactured until 2020< /h2>
Jair Bolsonaro observes a polling station during the presidential elections, in Rio de Janeiro (Andre Coelho/Pool via REUTERS)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro challenged some of the results of last month's elections, reported CNN Brasil and UOL, arguing that he had filed a request with the electoral court to invalidate the votes from some electronic voting machines.
The president of the Bolsonaro Liberal Party, Valdemar Costa Neto, sent a note to the Superior Electoral Court to request the annulment of the votes in the ballot boxes manufactured until 2020, older models, which are more than half, because it considers them impossible to audit
An audit commissioned by the PL pointed out that Bolsonaro was the most voted in the newest model ballot boxes, manufactured as of 2020, with 51.05% of the votes.
The The complaint claims that there were “irreparable nonconformities” in the voting machines with the potential to “taint” the election that resulted in the victory of the leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.< /p>
A Brazilian voting machine (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)
Specifically, the lawsuit is focused on 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.
In a press conference called by the PL, the engineer Carlos Rocha, responsible for the audit, explained that the intention of this work is to “contribute to the strengthening of democracy” and “to improve the system electoral.”
He maintained that the report identified “very strong indications of malfunction” of many of the ballot boxes and that the intention now is to carry out a “possible inspection, an extraordinary verification, in the face of an extraordinary event.”
Bolsonaro's request is unlikely to go far, as Lula's victory was ratified by the TSE and recognized by Brazil's top politicians and international allies, including the United States
Valdemar Costa Neto (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)
The document presented states: “It is intended with the Extraordinary Verification, requested here, to confirm the 'Evidence of Electronic Ballot Box Malfunctioning' presented in the PL Technical Report, in order to prove the uncertainty of the results generated by the electronic ballot boxes of manufacturing models prior to the EU2020, that is, the models UE2009, UE2010, UE2011, UE2013 and UE2015″.
The Superior Electoral Court ( TSE) had put an end to the controversies and guaranteed that the elections were “clean and transparent” and ruled that there are no doubts about the process, which was endorsed by all the independent observer missions, both national and international.
Meanwhile, after the ballotage, the mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) sent to the Brazilian elections praised the voting system. In its preliminary report, the OAS mission also highlighted the “civic commitment” of the Brazilian people during the second round of the elections in which the leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was the winner.
File: electoral observer mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) (Europa Press)
The OAS mission highlighted the success of the electoral process carried out in the midst of a “complex” context, marked by “polarization” and in which false news and complaints of electoral harassment “abundant”.
“The mission wishes to highlight the work of the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), an institution that once again demonstrated its high level of professionalism and solidity, which allowed it to successfully carry out an electoral process in a context complex, marked by polarization, misinformation, and attacks on electoral institutions,” says the preliminary report released by the mission.
The organization celebrated the participation of citizens in the elections, who went “massively” to the polls.
It was also concerned about the immense spread of fake news, a problem that it referred to as “one of the most complex challenges” in Brazil and regretted “the tone aggressiveness of the campaigns” and the fact that the candidates' proposals have not been the center of attention in the debates.
For the second round, the OAS mission, chaired by the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Paraguay Rubén Ramírez Lezcano, sent 56 members of 17 nationalities to Brazil and was present in 16 of the 27 states of the country, as well as in four cities in abroad (Paris, Porto, Washington D.C. and Miami).
In the week before the elections, the mission met with representatives of the two presidential campaigns, as well as with electoral authorities and governments, academics, and civil society representatives.
In total, between the first and second rounds, the OAS sent 111 observers who analyzed aspects of the electoral process such as electoral organization and technology , political participation of women, indigenous peoples and Afro-descendants, freedom of expression and political violence, among others.
On October 30 Brazil, Lula was elected president from Brazil with 50.9% of the v others, compared to 49.1% obtained by Bolsonaro.
(With information from Reuters and EFE)