Last Monday (2), the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) opened an inquiry to investigate attacks on the legitimacy of the 2022 elections. President Jair Bolsonaro.
If successful, the move could result in the chief executive’s removal or his ineligibility for next year’s electoral process.
The investigation will investigate facts that may constitute abuse of economic and political power, early electoral propaganda, misuse of the media, fraud and conduct prohibited to public agents.
In the document, which was addressed to Minister Alexandre de Moraes, Barroso asks for the investigation of “possible criminal conduct” related to the live broadcast by the president last week. Moraes is the rapporteur of the inquiry that investigates the disclosure of false information and attacks on the STF.
In the broadcast, videos of voters who went to the polls in previous elections were presented, pointing out alleged signs of fraud in the use of electronic voting machines.
In this Monday’s session, which marked the resumption of the TSE’s work after the recess of the Judiciary, Barroso made a statement in defense of the Brazilian electoral system.
The speech did not directly mention President Jair Bolsonaro’s threats or the attempt of intimidation by Defense Minister General Walter Braga Netto – who, according to the newspaper The State of São Paulo, sent an interlocutor to advise the Powers that there would be no elections in 2022 without the Pocketnarista.
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Barroso, however, stated that the “threat to holding an election is undemocratic conduct.”
Crime news is a warning, which can be given by any citizen, informing the authorities that there is a crime being committed. The act takes place for an investigation to be initiated.
Now, it is necessary for the communication to be considered by the STF so that the investigation can be carried out by the Court. The reporting of this procedure is the minister Alexandre de Moraes, who is also a member of the TSE and will even preside over the court during the 2022 elections.
If the Supreme Court is in favor of continuing the investigation, two paths are possible. If investigation reveals that he committed crimes, or abuses, the president could be ineligible.
Depending on its results, the inquiry could also lead to the presentation of a complaint by the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) to the STF — which, in turn, would have to send it to the Chamber of Deputies.
If two-thirds of parliamentarians (342 deputies) vote in favor of opening a process, the president is obligatorily removed from office for 180 days.
Former TSE presidents speak out
On the same day, all 15 former presidents of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) since the promulgation of the 1988 Constitution signed a note in which they defend the fairness and security of the current format of elections in Brazil, carried out through the electronic ballot box.
The document is also signed by the current president of the TSE, minister Luís Roberto Barroso, and by two future presidents, ministers Edson Fachin and Alexandre de Moraes.
Edition: Vivian Virissimo