Brazil: electoral justice will investigate Bolsonaro

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Brazil's Higher Electoral Court (TSE) has decided to investigate President Jair Bolsonaro for his constant and unproven attacks on the legitimacy of the electronic voting system, in place since 1996.

The high electoral court also agreed to ask the Supreme Federal Court (STF) to investigate the far-right leader for spreading false election news during a live Facebook broadcast last Thursday. For more than two hours, he said he was convinced that there had been fraud during the last two presidential elections.

The investigation of TSE determine whether President Bolsonaro has committed crimes abuse of economic and political power, misuse of the media, corruption, fraud, veto of public officials and extemporaneous propaganda in its attacks on the electronic voting system and the legitimacy of the general elections of 2022.

The head of state, who seeks re-election, does not defend a return to voting by paper ballots, but the printing of a receipt by the electronic ballot box so that each vote can be recounted in the event of a dispute. .

This speech finds an echo with part of his electorate. This Sunday, Thousands of people demonstrated in several cities in Brazil, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, in favor of the printed ballot.

Targeted for its chaotic handling of the pandemic and by a preliminary investigation to prevarication accusing him of turning a blind eye to suspicion of corruption in the purchase of the Covaxin vaccine, the president did not participate directly in the protests.

In the footsteps of Trump

However, he gave a speech via videoconference in which he reiterated that he would not accept elections that were not clean and democratic.

Three weeks ago, Mr. Bolsonaro had already aroused an outcry by sowing doubt on the realization of the 2022 poll. Either we do clean elections in Brazil or there will be no elections, he said.

He had dealt withimbecile the president of the TSE, Luis Roberto Barroso, who believes on the contrary that printing paper receipts could expose the vote to the risks of manipulation of the past.

According to analysts consulted by AFP, by questioning the electoral system, the far-right leader is preparing the ground to challenge the result in case of defeat, as did former US President Donald Trump, whose Mr. Bolsonaro is a strong admirer.

Monday morning, Mr Barroso and all his predecessors since the promulgation of the constitution in 1988 signed a document guaranteeing the transparency and security of the electronic voting system.


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