Former leftist leader Lula is the favorite against outgoing far-right president Jair Bolsonaro. Voting went smoothly.
Polls close at 10pm French time this Sunday as Brazilians flock to the polls for the election. Outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro Threatens to contest the result, and his opponent on the left, Lula, hopes to win the first round.
“If the elections are clean, there is no problem. Let the best win!”, the far-right head of state announced during the morning vote in Rio de Janeiro.
Irritated by pressing questions from journalists, Bolsonaro, wearing a yellow and green jersey of the national soccer team with a bulletproof vest underneath, did not want to make it clear whether he would recognize the outcome of the vote.
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Former left-wing president (2003-2010) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva casts his vote earlier in São Bernardo do Campo, a working-class suburb of São Paulo.
“For me, this is a very important election,” said the former steelworker, who is seeking a third term in his sixth presidential election, 12 years after leaving power with a stratospheric approval rating (87%).
“We don’t need any more hatred, no more disagreements. We want a peaceful country,” he said, referring to the fractures in highly polarized Brazil of 214 million people.
Queues stretched in front of polling stations in the late afternoon, with voters often dressed in Bolsonaro yellow and green or Lulist red and having to wait more than an hour to cast their ballots because of the crowds.
The referendum was held “without a hitch”.
At midday, Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE) president Alexandre de Moraes promised that the vote would take place “without problems” and wanted to “reaffirm the reliability and transparency” of the electronic ballot system. Jair Bolsonaro criticized
He later explained to reporters that “everyone who wants to vote before 5pm can do so” and that election day continued “absolutely peacefully”.
He added that we will count all the votes today. “All results will be announced in the presence of TSE ministers, the president, governors, senators and federal or state representatives,” which Brazilians will elect in Sunday’s general election.
The Datafolha reference institute gave Lula, 76, the leader of the Workers’ Party (PT) with 50% of the vote in the first round, against Bolsonaro’s 36% and 67 (Liberal Party).
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