The political party of outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro received a heavy fine on Wednesday November 24 from the electoral authority of Brazil for having asked with “bad faith” the revision of the result of the presidential election, won by Lula.
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The president of the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), Alexandre de Moraes, considered that the complaint filed on Tuesday by the Liberal Party (PL) was “bad faith”, according to a text published on the website of the institution, which imposed a fine of approximately 4.2 million dollars. The judgment pointed out “the absence of evidence and circumstances justifying the establishment of an extraordinary verification” of some 280,000 electronic ballot boxes used during the presidential election.
The left-wing candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva won the second round of the presidential election on October 30 with a small majority of 50.9% against 49.1% for the far-right head of state.
The arguments presented are “absolutely false”
The PL had asked on Tuesday “the invalidation of the votes from the electronic ballot boxes for which insurmountable malfunctions have been brought to light, and to draw the legal consequences for the results of the second round”.
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This formation, which obtained the greatest number of deputies and senators at the end of the legislative elections, considers that the ” malfunctionning “ of five urn models “calls into question the transparency of the electoral process”. These ballot boxes date from before 2020, also supported the PL.
The arguments presented are “absolutely wrong”estimated Alexandre de Moraes, and the demand “ostensibly offensive to the democratic rule of law and done inconsistently, with the aim of encouraging criminal and anti-democratic movements”.
These movements, he adds, manifested themselves in “serious threats and violence” during roadblocks across the country.
Bolsonaro disappeared from public life
After Lula’s victory, supporters of Jair Bolsonaro staged hundreds of blockades that lasted several days and sometimes resulted in clashes with security forces.
Jair Bolsonaro has practically disappeared from public life for more than three weeks, after the announcement of his defeat against ex-president Lula (2003-2010).
He came out of his silence two days later, without explicitly acknowledging his defeat, and evoking the “sense of injustice” of his supporters who demonstrated in front of barracks to demand military intervention.