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Brazilian court rejects election challenge from outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro

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Sao Paulo, Brazil

Brazil’s electoral court chief on Wednesday dismissed it Jair Bolsonaro A petition to void votes from this year’s presidential election called the outgoing president’s claims that some voting machines malfunctioned “ridiculously illegal” and “ostensibly against the democratic rule of law.” is conspiratorial.”

Supreme Electoral Court President Alexandre Demorais said in his ruling that all models of electronic voting are “fully identifiable in a clear, secure and integrated manner.” He also ordered Bolsonaro’s right-wing Liberal Party to pay a fine of 22 million reais ($4.1 million) to him for “dishonesty lawsuits.”

Bolsonaro narrowly lost to his left-wing rival in the run-off last month Luis Inacio Lula da Silvapopularly known as “Lula,” is set to take office as president on January 1.

Since then, Bolsonaro has not come so far as to explicitly admit defeat, but previously said he would “continue to fulfill all the precepts of the Constitution”. cooperate with a transfer of power.

But in a petition filed Tuesday, Bolsonaro and his Liberal Party leader said some voting machines were out of order and that votes cast through them should be voided. claimed.

Citing analysis by a company hired by Bolsonaro’s party, the complaint argued that canceling those votes would result in a victory for Bolsonaro.

Election officials previously said the same voting machines were used in the first round of elections and the runoff vote.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Liberal MP Valdemar Costa Neto claimed that Bolsonaro’s party “only asked for a second round of verification.” [candidates] to be influenced. ”

Last month’s heated elections came amid a tense and polarized political climate in Brazil, which is plagued by high inflation, limited growth and rising poverty.

Lulada Silva won more than 60 million votes, the most in Brazilian history and a personal record since 2006, according to the final tally of the election authorities.

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