1664740581 Electoral Court of Brazil highlights the influx of voters TV

Electoral Court of Brazil highlights the influx of voters TV

President of the Electoral Court (TSE) of Brazil, Alexandre de Moraes, makes statements as part of the general elections, which he described as clean, transparent and safe.

In a presentation at TSE headquarters, more than five hours after the start of these momentous elections for Brazil, de Moraes said that Brazilian democracy is experiencing its best moment in its republican history.

More than 156 million Brazilian voters freely elect their representatives this Sunday; “The electoral justice system reaffirms its role as a constitutional tool for the safe and transparent conduct of democratic elections and respect for the will of the people,” he added.

“I keep repeating that we are one of the four largest democracies in the world and we have a very efficient electoral system that allows us to have the election results on the same day,” he said.

Electoral Court of Brazil highlights the influx of voters TV

In a short speech, he emphasized that the vote that the voter puts in the ballot box goes to the elected candidate. “Electoral justice affirms the transparency, security and auditability of electronic voting machines,” he said.

In a subsequent press conference, de Moraes highlighted the good behavior of the voters and the effectiveness of the electoral process.

“We have seen a calm climate, but disruption occurs in all elections and this is normal. Calm has been maintained in all states,” he specified.

“We will add up the votes today and announce them today. Voters will hear the results today,” he said.

The presidential elections in Brazil are proceeding normally this Sunday with a broad turnout in the South American country, while the main candidates for the presidency exercised their right to vote in the first minutes of the elections in the South American country.

A bulletin released by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. said that as of 12:40 p.m. nationwide, 222 election crimes had been registered by the security forces.

On this day, which begins at 08:00 local time (11:00 GMT) and ends at 17:00 (20:00 GMT), approximately 156.4 million voters are called upon to represent the President, the 27 governors and the 583 deputies to elect a third of the Senate and renew the representatives in the Legislative Assemblies.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva voted this Sunday in Sao Bernardo do Campo, a city in the Sao Paulo metropolitan area where he began his political career, declaring that the country must “regain the right to happiness”.

“The country must regain the right to happiness. We want a country that is at peace, with hope and that believes in the future,” Lula told reporters after voting at a public school in that city, where he arrived thirteen minutes after polling stations opened in the country.

As Bolsonaro walked into a polling station in Rio de Janeiro’s military village, he was dressed in a yellow sports shirt with a green collar and the national flag printed on the chest, apparently wearing a bulletproof vest.

“We are calm in the first ballot (…), the elections are decided today,” Bolsonaro said in brief statements to journalists as he left the electoral college.

The latest Datafolha Institute poll credits Bolsonaro with 36% of valid voting intentions, compared to 50% for former President Lula (2003-2010), the minimum percentage to avoid a second round on October 30.

The Brazilian constitution stipulates that every educated citizen born or naturalized in the country must vote between the ages of 18 and 70. People whose place of residence is abroad can only vote in presidential elections.

Around 500,000 agents will provide security on election day, while citizens’ gun-carrying has been suspended for three days until Monday.

The President of the Electoral Court of Brazil, Alexandre de Moraes, assured the day before that freedom and security will be guaranteed for voters to elect the country’s next president for the period 2023-2026.

“The security and freedom of the election is guaranteed by respect for the absolute secrecy of the ballot, guaranteed by electronic ballot boxes, and respect for the wide and civilized freedom of political discussion, eliminating any possibility of violence or coercion,” said De Moraes on national radio and television.

Alexandre de Moraes stressed that the electronic ballot box system used by Brazil allows the results to be announced on the same day.

Over the months, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the Labor Party’s presidential candidate, and President Jair Bolsonaro have led voting intentions, according to almost every opinion poll and poll. The former president’s lead over Jair Bolsonaro ranged from 3.7 to 16 points.

According to the latest Intelligence Research and Strategic Consulting Institute (IPEC) poll, Lula is running with 51 percent of the valid votes, which would give him victory in the first round.

If none of the candidates get more than 50 percent of the votes, a second ballot will be held on October 30 between the two candidates who received the majority of the votes.

Taken from Telesur

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