De Moraes only mentioned the occurrence of common problems on election days, such as long queues in some regions.
“That’s also part of normality. Obviously all voters arriving by 5pm local time to vote. Passwords will be distributed (…) so that the elections can be conducted normally,” he clarified.
He also specified that “from 5:00 p.m. (local time) the TSE will publish all ballot box bulletins on the social network so that all people and all audit units have full access to finally add and broadcast elections.
The court noted in a recent bulletin that 15 counts of vote-buying (electoral corruption), 75 incidents in constituencies, nine violations of secret ballots and seven counts of illegal transport of voters had been uncovered.
In the early hours of the morning, the main candidates in the lawsuit exercised their rights: former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the Labor Party candidate, and President Jair Bolsonaro, who is seeking re-election from the Liberal Party.
Lula voted at the João Firmino state school in the Asunción district of the ABC Paulista industrial zone, calling for peace for Brazil.
After going through the ballot box, the former labor leader kissed the ballot and told the press he wanted to take care of the residents. “We don’t want more discord, we want a country that lives in peace,” he assured.
He noted that “this is the most important choice. I’m very satisfied,” he said.
The PT leader is running for the presidency for the sixth time and is the first candidate from a party association (Brazil of Hope).
Bolsonaro voted at a polling station in the Villa Militar in Rio de Janeiro, where he told journalists “we are calm (…) in the first ballot, the elections will be decided today.”
When asked if he would acknowledge the results if he failed, he dodged the challenge, replying that he would win with more than 60 percent of the vote.
More than 156 million eligible Brazilians will elect their next president this Sunday, in a polarized contest between Lula, the favorite of all opinion polls to win this Sunday, and Bolsonaro.
They are elected President and Vice President in the process; state and federal district governors and lieutenant governors; Senators, federal deputies and state deputies.