The Liberal Party (PL), which supported the frustrated candidacy for re-election of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, has asked the electoral authorities to invalidate the result of the elections won by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Tuesday.
The PL filed a lawsuit before the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) in which it asks to “invalidate” the results of the electronic ballot boxes of 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.
Specifically, the demand is focused on 61% of the 577,125 ballot boxes used in the October elections, about which the PL said that they were manufactured between 2009 and 2015 and “cannot be audited”, unlike the rest, more modern , model 2020. 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 with an “improvement of the electoral system”. . 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.”
The lawyer Marcelo Bessa, who represents the PL, added that “because of this technical report, the inconsistencies and the relevant data” that it presents, that formation has asked the electoral authorities to “verify this possible malfunction.” According to Bessa, “if it were verified, the necessary legal measures should be applied,” on which he declined to comment.
According to the official result, Lula prevailed in the second round of the elections on October 30 with 50.9% of the votes, compared to the 49.1% obtained by Bolsonaro. At first it was expected that the former Brazilian president would reject the results, and although to this day he has not yet acknowledged his public defeat, he has allowed the transition to begin with the team designated by Lula.
The ballot boxes were inspected and endorsed by numerous official bodies, including the Armed Forces, which found no evidence of fraud in their report on the elections, but did not rule out the possibility that it could have occurred either.
Since the day after the elections, thousands of far-right activists have been camped out at the gates of dozens of barracks in various cities across the country, demanding a coup that will prevent Lula’s inauguration, but until now the military has completely ignored to that movement.
A video about one of these protests, made in front of a Porto Alegre barracks, generated all kinds of comments on social networks, as protesters are seen flashing lights towards the sky with their phones at night, and asking for “help ” to aliens, although one of the participants explained that in reality the lights were aimed at an officer’s office, on one of the upper floors of the barracks.
Source: elDiario.es – elDiario.es by www.eldiario.es.
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