Brazil's Superior Electoral Court highlighted the lack of evidence justifying the verification of some 280,000 electronic ballot boxes used in the presidential runoff
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Jair Bolsonaro's party He received a million-dollar fine for requesting the annulment of votes in the second round. (REUTERS)
The Superior Electoral Court(STE) on Wednesday fined the coalition made up of Jair Bolsonaro's party some 4.2 million dollars, after denying a request to review the electoral resultl for alleged errors in the polls that would have given Lula victory.
The president of the TSE, Alexandre de Moraes, considered the complaint to be in “bad faith” filed Tuesday by the political group, according to a note posted on the court's website.
The ruling highlighted the “lack of evidence and circumstances that justify the establishment of extraordinary verification” of some 280,000 electronic ballot boxes used in the presidential run-off.
Leftist Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was elected president on October 30, defeating the far-right leader by a narrow margin of 50.9% to 49.1% in the second round of the election.
Bolsonaro's Liberal Party (PL) required invalidate the votes of the electronic ballot boxes “in which irreparable non-conformities of operation were verified”, and that the consequences on the result of the second round of the elections be determined.
The Liberal Party (PL ) of Bolsonaro required invalidating the votes of the electronic ballot boxes “in which irreparable discrepancies in operation were verified”, and that the consequences on the result of the second round of the elections be determined. (AP)
The ballot boxes in question, according to the complaint, correspond to models prior to 2020.
According to Moraes, who considered “absolutely false” the arguments presented, the request was “ostensibly offensive to the Democratic Rule of Law and carried out inconsistently, with the purpose of encouraging criminal and anti-democratic movements >”, details the note.
These movements, he adds, have manifested themselves with “serious threats and violence” in roadblocks throughout the country.
After Lula's victory, truckers and other supporters of the president staged hundreds of blockades that lasted several days and in some cases led to clashes with security forces.
After Lula's victory, truckers and other supporters of the president staged hundreds of blockades that lasted several days and in some cases led to clashes with the security forces. (REUTERS)
In the complaint, the president's party alleged a “malfunctioning” of five ballot box models, which “would jeopardize the transparency of the process election”, something supposedly demonstrated in a report by the Instituto Voto Legal,hired by the political group itself.
In response, the president of the TSE applied a penalty of 22.9 million reais to the coalition led by the PL, equivalent to about 4.2 million dollars.
And he asked to investigate the responsibility of Valdemar da Costa Neto, president of the PL, and Carlos César Moretzsohn Rocha, president of the Legal Vote Institute.
Bolsonaro, who has remained almost absent from public life since the defeat, has repeatedly questioned the electoral system without presenting evidence.
Bolsonaro, who has remained almost absent from public life since the defeat, has repeatedly questioned the electoral system without presenting evidence. (REUTERS)
The Superior Electoral Tribunal (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 Organization of American States (OAS) mission 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.
(With information from AFP)