Thousands of Bolzano supporters protest against the electoral system in Brazil

A woman who is a supporter of President Jair Bolsanaro holds a poster in central S சாo Paulo during a demonstration demanding a change in Brazil’s electronic voting system. August 1, 2021. REUTERS / Amanda Perobelli

Thousands of people protested in Brazil this Sunday in support of President Jair Bolsanaro Struggle against the electronic voting system that has been in place since 1996.

In Rio de Janeiro, about 3,000 people marched on the Copacabana beach, most without masks and wearing yellow and green, the colors of the Brazilian flag.

What we want is for the votes to be counted in public because there should be more transparency because there were already suspicions of fraud.Ronaldo Calvalcond 46, 46, who was protesting in Rio, told AFP.

President Bolzano is seeking re-election in 2022, not asking for the ballots to be returned, but rather printing the receipt after each ballot in the electronic ballot box so that they can be physically counted.

For researchers, Like former US President Donald Trump, what the far-right leader is doing is preparing the ground to challenge the outcome in the event of failure., An avid fan of Bolzano.

Supporters of Bolzano in Sao Paulo.  Selectors / Amanda Perobelli
Supporters of Bolzano in Sao Paulo. Selectors / Amanda Perobelli

The president did not directly participate in the protest, which brought together several thousand people in Brasilia, but delivered a speech via video conference in which he reiterated it “Fair and undemocratic” elections cannot be accepted.

He added that he would “do what is necessary” to print paper receipts for electronic voting.

In the afternoon, he also addressed thousands of protesters gathered in the country’s largest city, Sao Paulo.

The will of the people must prevail. I hope this will become a reality in Brasilia after this demonstration. “He announced Thursday’s scheduled vote on a bill approving the printing of paper receipts through electronic ballot boxes.


On Thursday, during his weekly Facebook live, the head of state spoke for more than two hours about his belief that the last two presidential elections had been rigged, noting that he should have won the first round in 2018.

Jair Bolzano.  Selectors / Adriano Machado
Jair Bolzano. Selectors / Adriano Machado

But still No evidence has been submitted for these scamsThe Higher Electoral Tribunal (TSE) ensures that the current system is completely transparent and not covered by irregularities.

Three weeks ago, Bolzano raised controversy when he already raised doubts about holding the 2022 elections.In Brazil we make the right election, or there will be no election“, he said.

He described TSE chairman Luis Roberto Barroso as an “idiot” who estimates he could vote “for the risks of past manipulation” by printing paper receipts.

Definitely electronic voting theft! Voting with printed receipts is not complicated and people will embrace it“Roxana Guimaraes, a 45-year-old nurse, said at a demonstration this Sunday.

Last weekend, tens of thousands of people in Brazil demonstrated demanding the removal of President Bolsanaro, widely criticized for his handling of the Covit-19 epidemic, which has killed more than 550,000 people in the country.

(With information from AFP)


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