Questioning the electoral process “does no good either for the country, for the President of the Republic himself, or for the electoral judiciary,” Lira reiterated at an event in Sao Paulo sponsored by bank BTG Pactual and quoted by CNN Brazilian TV.
Lira took the opportunity to point out that he had personally informed the ex-soldier of this. “I’ve already told you, I’ve already asked, I’ve already said, we’ve already voted on this issue in Congress. So there is a difference between wanting transparency and wanting a response,” he assessed.
The MP alluded to the inauguration of Minister Alexandre de Moraes as President of the Supreme Electoral Court, which was viewed by many authorities when asked about Bolsonaro’s position on the elections.
Also present at this formality were former Presidents Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Dilma Rousseff, Michel Temer and José Sarney, the main opponent of the ultra-right President in the next elections.
Also present were Senate Speaker Rodrigo Pacheco, members of the Federal Court of Justice, governors and ambassadors.
For Lira, the presence of politicians of different lines and authorities from different institutions was “a demonstration by the entire political class that there was an act of almost institutional fraternization of all tendencies”.
The legislator also stressed that the results of the polls must be respected.
“We need transparent elections, yes, without a doubt, but the result of the electronic ballot box is recognized. I have already contested eight elections, six of them in electronic ballot boxes. I would have no requirement to speak badly of the system,” he noted.
He insisted that Brazilians would take part in a referendum and “we must democratically respect the result. Whoever wins will take possession. Whoever loses will reconcile staying in the opposition,” he said.
The first round of voting will take place on October 2, when 156 million 454.11 Brazilians will go to the polls to elect the President of the Republic, governors, senators, federal, state and local deputies.
An eventual second shift for the presidential dispute and state administrations will take place on October 30th.
To date, Lula, the Labor Party presidential candidate, is leading all opinion polls for the vote in which Bolsonaro will seek re-election.