The electoral court of Brazil rejected the request of Jair Bolsonaro’s party to annul the votes of the election that took place at the end of last month and charged him a fine of 4.3 million dollars for having initiated legal measures in “bad faith”. The former president of the neighboring nation had demanded that the votes of some electronic voting machines be canceled, alleging that there had been fraud.
The reason given by Alexandre de Moraes, president of the Superior Electoral Tribunal of Brazilwas that the Liberal party started a complaint “ostensibly offensive to the democratic rule of law, with the purpose of encouraging criminal and anti-democratic movements that, even with serious threats and violence, have been obstructing highways and streets throughout the country”.
The complaint affirmed in its 33 pages that there was an error in the software of the majority of the devices used to vote in the last elections of Brazilit which could make it difficult to identify the votes as they do not have individual numbers. This should invalidate all the votes computed by these machines, giving Bolsonaro 51% of the rest.
However, the experts do not agree with this appreciation because the failures of the machines would not compromise the results. “The most important data, which is the votes, is not in the log files; They are in other files and there was no mention of an alleged irregularity in relation to that data,” Diego de Freita Aranha, professor of Communication Sciences at Aarhus University, told the BBC..
Where does the supposed “Bad Faith” come from?
One of the reasons why they indicate that the liberal party acted in bad faith is that Alexandre de Moraes had stated that they would carry out an investigation as long as the party presents a report that includes the results of the first round, in which they had won a majority in the seats of both chambers of the Congress of the neighboring nationafter alleging that if the machines did not work for the ballot, they had not worked in the original election eitherTherefore, the entire process should be repeated.
However, from liberalism they refused to give this information. “The absolute bad faith of the strange and illegal request of the plaintiff was demonstrated, both by the refusal to amend the initial request and by the total absence of any evidence of irregularities and the existence of a totally fraudulent narrative of the facts,” De declared. Moraes in his ruling.