Far-right presidents have a long history of questioning election results and pushing anti-democratic rhetoric.
Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has challenged his defeat to left-wing rival Luis Inacio Lula da Silva in last month’s elections.
Bolsonaro’s allies have filed a complaint with the country’s Superior Electoral Court (TSE), seeking “special verification” of the election results, according to a CNN Brazil report on Tuesday.
They cited independent audit results that saw Lula narrowly beat the incumbent president in the Oct. 30 run-off. Bolsonaro’s allies claim audits show evidence of “malfunctioning” of old electronic voting machines.
“There were signs of serious failure that created uncertainty and made it impossible to verify the results that were generated,” the complaint claims, seeking to “void” those machine-processed votes. asked.
Lula’s victory has been verified by the TSE and recognized by politicians in Brazil and around the world, so complaints are unlikely to change the final outcome.
But the move could provoke supporters of the president who have raised concerns that anti-democratic rhetoric could impede a peaceful transition of power.
In the months leading up to the election, Bolsonaro spread unsubstantiated allegations that the country’s electoral system was riddled with fraud. I was worried that I might try to
Those concerns were allayed as the election proceeded without any noticeable problems. After nearly two days of his silence after the defeat, Bolsonaro reportedly told a Brazilian Supreme Court judge that he was “finished.”
But while Bolsonaro gave the government the power to begin the transition process, he never conceded defeat. Bolsonaro’s supporters took to the streets and called on the military to intervene to stop Lula’s victory.
Brazilian police said truck drivers, a key constituency for Bolsonaro, partially or completely blocked 271 highways as part of the protest.
The Supreme Court has ordered the roadblocks to be removed, but some Bolsonaro supporters continue to urge the president to reject the will of voters. A complaint filed on Tuesday could spark further protests.
Supreme Court Judge Alexandre Demorais, who heads the TSE, said in a ruling that Bolsonaro’s right-wing electoral coalition must submit a full audit of both rounds of last month’s presidential election within 24 hours.