© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro provides a press assertion on the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, November 1, 2022. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photograph
By Ricardo Brito and Maria Carolina Marcello
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s try and problem the election he misplaced final month seems weak on the deserves, in line with electoral specialists and political analysts, however may nonetheless hearth up his supporters who’ve been protesting his loss.
In a criticism filed with the Supreme Electoral Courtroom (TSE) on Tuesday, Bolsonaro’s allies argued that votes from some machines needs to be “invalidated,” citing indicators of “malfunction” and calling into query the win by his leftist rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Giuseppe Janino, one of many creators of Brazil’s digital voting system, mentioned the criticism appeared targeted on machine logs that don’t have any bearing on the voting outcomes.
“That is not more than one other try and discredit the digital voting system that has labored nicely, electing governments for 26 years in our nation, and contributed to our democracy,” Janino advised Reuters.
The criticism was met with skepticism by election authorities and different political figures who’ve acknowledged Lula’s victory.
The pinnacle of Brazil’s Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco, mentioned the election consequence was “unquestionable,” whereas the center-right Brazilian Social Democratic Occasion (PSDB) known as Bolsonaro’s problem “mindless.” When the PSDB challenged the results of the 2014 presidential election, the investigation took one yr and no irregularities had been discovered.
Vice President Hamilton Mourao, on a visit to Portugal, acknowledged on Wednesday that Bolsonaro’s problem was unlikely to succeed however mentioned Brazil’s electoral course of wanted extra “transparency.”
Neither Bolsonaro’s workplace nor his Liberal Occasion responded instantly to requests for remark.
“Bolsonaro’s model is to all the time go for confrontation, and this problem is evidently a method to preserve his hard-right supporters mobilized,” mentioned political strategist Luiz Flavio Guimaraes.
He mentioned the right-wing Liberal Occasion offered no proof of fraud when it offered the criticism, including that the president’s allies appeared disillusioned with the weak point of the case made to election authorities.
Analyst Andre Cesar at Maintain Legislativa consultancy mentioned, nonetheless, that the problem would supply ammunition for an ongoing protest motion of Bolsonaro’s hardcore supporters.
“His arguments are flimsy, however it will serve him to maintain probably the most radical of his supporters mobilized, guaranteeing that they may proceed to make noise exterior military barracks,” he mentioned.
Die-hard Bolsonaro supporters have been camped out in entrance of military bases protesting in opposition to Lula’s victory that they are saying was “stolen” by electoral fraud and calling on the army to intervene.
Their numbers have dwindled in latest weeks and there was no instant signal of an uptick on Wednesday. However the problem may given them new momentum, some mentioned.
“The individuals are within the streets, they won’t retreat,” mentioned a kind of supporters – Paulo Carvalho, 54, proprietor of an IT enterprise. “If the whole lot that was revealed on this criticism is de facto true, that is tangible proof that the outcomes had been tampered with,” he mentioned.
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