Critics say outgoing Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro’s complaint to electoral authorities rejecting his loss at the October election is stoking unrest.
Bolsonaro Brazil poll claims stoke unrest
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s attempt to challenge the election he lost last month appears weak on merit, electoral experts and political analysts say, but could still fire up supporters protesting his loss.
In a complaint filed with the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE) on Tuesday, Bolsonaro’s allies argued votes from some machines should be “invalidated”, citing signs of “malfunction” and calling into question the win by his leftist rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Giuseppe Janino, one of the creators of Brazil’s electronic voting system, said the complaint appeared focused on machine logs that have no bearing on the voting results.
“This is no more than another attempt to discredit the electronic voting system that has worked well, electing governments for 26 years in our country, and contributed to our democracy,” Janino told Reuters.