Justice Rosa Weber, of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), set a ten-day deadline for presidents Arthur Lira (PP-AL), of the Chamber of Deputies, and Rodrigo Pacheco (DEM-MG), of the Senate, to comment on the Electoral Fund approved by parliamentarians, of R$ 5.7 billion, which will finance the 2022 electoral campaign.
The measure came after a writ of mandamus filed by a group of parliamentarians that intends to annul the votes that took place on July 15, which sent the Bill (PLN 3/2021) for the sanction of President Jair Bolsonaro (no party). Parliamentarians argue that the vote did not follow the internal regulations of the National Congress, since “there was no reasonable deadline for deliberation regarding such an impactful change.”
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The approved amount of R$ 5.7 billion is almost triple the amount registered in previous electoral years. In 2018 and 2020, the amount was R$ 2 billion. Initially, the proposed fund was R$1.8 billion.
The lawmakers also claim, in the writ of mandamus, that the amount is far from reasonable amidst the covid-19 pandemic that has already killed around 550,000 Brazilians. “The amount of 5.7 billion reais is enough to acquire all the vaccines that the country needs – more than 350 million doses”, write the lawmakers.
Among the lawmakers who signed the piece are senator Alessandro Vieira (Cidadania-SE) and federal deputies Adriana Ventura (Novo-SP), Daniel Coelho (Cidadania-PE), Felipe Rigoni (PSB-ES), Tabata Amaral (PDT) -SP), Tiago Mitraud (Novo-MG) and Vinicius Poit (Novo-SP).
This Monday (26), Bolsonaro stated that the value of the electoral fund could be R$ 4 billion and that he intends to veto the rest. “If I veto what’s in the law, I’m under criminal liability. I hope I don’t get hit by the staff as usual. Because if people start hitting a lot, they’ll choose Lula or Ciro for the second round. Criticism is valid when it’s well founded, folks. It’s like condensed milk. Part of the right hit me so much that I said: ‘Well, for God’s sake, am I consuming so much condensed milk like that?'”, he said as he left the Palácio do Planalto.
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The retired captain has until next Friday (30) to veto or sanction the matter.
According to federal deputy Marcelo Ramos (PL-AM), who presided over the vote on the proposal in the National Congress, the governing base voted in favor of the electoral fund in the amount of R$ 5.7 billion.
Edition: Vinícius Segalla