Outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro overtakes PT leader Luiz Ignazio Lula da Silva by 47.1%, at 41.5%, some twenty minutes after polling stations closed, according to the first data released by the Superior Electoral Court (Tse). .
Long queues of voters were observed at various polling stations where more than 156 million citizens cast their ballots. Authorities said there have been no major incidents so far. In the cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the most populous, there were queues where the wait could be up to three hours to vote at noon.
PT leader Luiz Ignazio Lula da Silva leads the way with 51.2%, while right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro is at 36.7% five minutes after polls closed, as per the first of the polls dated data transmitted to the Supreme Electoral Court.
Despite the most polarized campaign in the green-gold giant’s history, the former trade unionist believes it will be “easy to restore peace and democracy to the country” (ANSA)
Bolsonaro awaits the outcome of the first ballot at the Palacio da Alvorada, his official residence in Brasilia, where the fence around the building has been extended to accommodate his supporters. Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is in a hotel in São Paulo instead. Your supporters have already booked the Avenida Paulista, the central artery of the metropolis, to celebrate in the event of victory.
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