Lula da Silva’s party rejects Jair Bolsonaro’s challenge to poll results: “It’s an insult to democracy”

Brazil’s president-elect Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva poses with the president of the House of Representatives Arthur Lira and federal deputy and head of PT Gleisi Helena Hoffmann in Brasilia (REUTERS / Adriano Machado)

The Workers’ Party (PT), a force led by Brazil’s elected president, Luis Inacio Lula da SilvaDescribed this Tuesday “trick” Petition Presented by the creation of current President Jair Bolsonaro, the judge annulled the presidential election.

Chairman of PT. Gleisi HoffmanHe called on the Liberal Party’s (PL) maneuver to be investigated as an attempt to prosecute in bad faith and asked opponents to accept Lula’s victory in the October presidential election and allow peace to return to Brazil.

Reacting to PL’s announcement, the first PT spokesman backed the far-right leader’s desperate bid for re-election and asked the High Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to invalidate the elections. Antiquated electronic ballot boxes cannot be audited.

“Bolsonaro’s appeal before the TSE is a trick, which should be allowed as a case of bad faith. Enough evil, irresponsibility and contempt for institutions and democracy,” Hoffman said in a message on Twitter.

“The election was decided by voting, and Brazil needs peace to build a better future,” the party leader said in response to Bolsonaro fighters who refused to accept the election result and accused Lula’s victory without evidence of fraud. Ballot boxes.

Jair Bolsonaro challenges some of the results of the runoff won by Lula da Silva (Andre Coelho/Pool via REUTERS)
Jair Bolsonaro challenges some of the results of the runoff won by Lula da Silva (Andre Coelho/Pool via REUTERS)

In his petition, though he did not denounce fraud, PL asks to “nullify” results of electronic ballot boxes of old modelsThat’s more than half because it considers them impossible to audit.

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Bolsonaro is the leader of the Liberal Party. Waldemar Net beachA reference was sent to the High Election Tribunal seeking annulment of the polls.

According to a party-appointed audit, Bolsonaro received the most votes with 51.05% of the votes in the new model ballot boxes produced until 2020.

According to official results, Lula won the October 30 runoff with 50.9% of the vote compared to Bolsonaro’s 49.1%.

The ballot boxes were certified by several official bodies, including the armed forces, which found no evidence of fraud in their report on the elections, but did not rule out the possibility that it had taken place.

A Brazilian voting machine (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)
A Brazilian voting machine (REUTERS/Adriano Machado)

In a press conference called by PL, Eng Carlos RochaThe person in charge of the audit explained that the purpose of the work was to “contribute to the strengthening of democracy” and “improve the electoral system”.

Until now, Bolsonaro has not publicly conceded defeat or congratulated his rival, although he has allowed the transition to begin with a team appointed by Lula for that purpose.

Since the day after the election, thousands of far-right activists have camped at dozens of army gates in various cities across the country, demanding a coup to prevent Lula from taking office, but the military has so far largely ignored the move.

(with information from EFE)

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