Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court docket (TSE) selected Monday to open an investigation into far-right President Jair Bolsonaro for his statements claiming there can be fraud in subsequent yr’s elections.
Bolsonaro, who is predicted to hunt a second time period in 2022, has repeatedly mentioned Brazil’s digital voting system is weak to fraud.
Critics say Bolsonaro, like former US President Donald Trump, is sowing doubts together with his unfounded claims with the intention to pave the way in which for him to not settle for defeat in 2022.
The TSE additionally determined to ask the Supreme Court docket to analyze whether or not Bolsonaro dedicated against the law by attacking the electoral system on social media and threatening Brazil’s democracy.
The TSE voted to analyze Bolsonaro after he accused the courtroom’s members of complicity in sustaining a voting system that may assist former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva return to energy.
Bolsonaro is asking for the adoption of printed receipts that may be counted if any election result’s disputed, a paper path that may change the present all-electronic voting system. Bolsonaro has mentioned he may not settle for the results of subsequent yr’s presidential election if the system isn’t modified.
Over the weekend, supporters of the president held demonstrations in a number of cities backing his proposal.
Earlier on Monday, a bunch of 18 energetic and former Brazilian Supreme Court docket justices, who additionally function judges on the TSE, mentioned the election system is freed from fraud.
“Brazil has eradicated a historical past of election fraud,” the judges mentioned in a press release, saying that for the reason that digital voting system was adopted in 1996, there has by no means been a documented fraud case in any election.
“The digital voting system is topic to audits earlier than, throughout and after the election,” they mentioned. The judges mentioned all of the steps are monitored by political events, prosecutors, federal police, universities and the Brazilian Bar Affiliation.
The judges mentioned printed ballots are much less secure than digital voting, and that if Brazil goes again to guide counting of 150 million printed ballots, the possibility of fraud can be increased.
A congressional committee will vote Thursday on a proposal pushed by Bolsonaro to introduce paper ballots.
The federal government solicitor normal’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon the TSE determination.
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