The President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro (no party), once again defended the printed vote and cast doubt on the holding of elections in 2022. Through a video call, he spoke to supporters who gathered in some capitals this Sunday (1st ), to defend “the public counting of votes and the printed vote”. There are records of mobilizations in São Paulo, Brasília, Rio de Janeiro and Recife.
One of the videos, shown in Brasília, was published on the president’s YouTube channel. In one stretch, he again threatened to carry out next year’s election. “Without clean and democratic elections, there will be no elections,” he fired.
::Deconstructing lies: electronic ballot box is auditable and safer than printed voting::
Feeding the anti-communist narrative with messages of fear for an eventual victory for the Workers’ Party in the next election, Bolsonaro called the protesters “my army” and continued to insist that the 2018 elections “had evidence of fraud”, without providing evidence .
“You are, in fact, my army, our army… to make the popular will be expressed in the public counting of votes”, he said.
::Bolsonaro speaks via video call to supporters::
In another excerpt of the video, he attacked the president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Minister Luiz Roberto Barroso, accusing him of guiding party leaders in the Chamber of Deputies on the nomination of parliamentarians who make up the Committee responsible for assessing the PEC of the printed vote, authored by Congresswoman Bia Kicis (PSL – DF). The text proposes printed voting and public counting of votes.
“The minister, who should be the first to be on the side of the transparency of the elections, is exactly on the other side. The evidence, Mr. Minister Barroso, is based on evidence,” the president attacked. He even continued with attacks accusing those who offer data on the precariousness of the printed vote of liars. “Whoever is says he is auditable and safe is a liar.”
– Congratulations to the Brazilian people.
– Democratic elections only with public counting of votes. pic.twitter.com/BIJMQTebG5
— Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) August 1, 2021
This is not the first time the president has attacked the electronic ballot box and defended the printed vote. Opposition members have assessed that this speech is a way to disrupt next year’s election and arbitrarily nullify a possible defeat at the polls. So far, polls have pointed Bolsonaro behind his main adversary: former president Lula.
::Bolsonaro admits to not having proof he claimed to have about fraud at the ballot boxes in 2018::
By threatening to cancel the election, the president has cast doubt on the electoral process. In a live broadcast on Thursday(26), he confessed to having no evidence, but “indications” of fraud. The Superior Electoral Court denied, in real time, the accusations raised by the president.
— TSE (@TSEjusbr) July 30, 2021
Edition: Vinícius Segalla