electoral justice to investigate President Jair Bolsonaro

Daily Newspaper evoked “The most energetic action” against Jair Bolsonaro “Since he began to threaten the 2022 elections”. The Higher Electoral Court (TSE) of Brazil decided on Monday to investigate the far-right president for his constant and unproven attacks on the legitimacy of the electronic voting system, in place since 1996.

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The high electoral court also agreed to ask the Supreme Federal Court (STF) to investigate the far-right leader for spreading false news about the elections during a live Facebook broadcast last Thursday: for more than two hours, he said he was convinced that there had been fraud during the last two presidential elections.

TSE investigation will determine whether President Bolsonaro has committed crimes “Abuse of economic and political power, misuse of the media, corruption, fraud, veto of public officials and extemporaneous propaganda in its attacks on the electronic voting system and the legitimacy of the general elections of 2022 “.

A speech that galvanizes its supporters

The head of state, who seeks re-election, does not defend a return to voting by paper ballots, but the printing of a receipt by the electronic ballot box so that each vote can be recounted in the event of a dispute. .

This speech finds an echo with part of his electorate. This Sunday, thousands of people demonstrated in several cities in Brazil, including Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, in favor of the printed ballot.

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Targeted for its chaotic handling of the pandemic and by a preliminary investigation to “Prevarication” accusing him of turning a blind eye to suspicion of corruption in the purchase of the Covaxin vaccine, the president did not participate directly in the protests. However, he gave a speech via video conference in which he reaffirmed that he would not accept elections that were not “Clean and democratic”.

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The transparency of electronic voting promised

Three weeks ago, Mr. Bolsonaro had already aroused an outcry by sowing doubt on the realization of the 2022 poll. “Either we have clean elections in Brazil, or there will be no elections”, he said.

He had dealt with“Fool” the president of the TSE, Luis Roberto Barroso, who believes on the contrary that the printing of paper receipts could expose the vote “To the risks of manipulation of the past”.

According to analysts consulted by Agence France-Presse (AFP), by questioning the electoral system, the far-right leader is preparing the ground to challenge the result in case of defeat, as the former president did American Donald Trump, of whom Mr. Bolsonaro is a fervent admirer.

Monday morning, Mr Barroso and all his predecessors since the promulgation of the constitution in 1988 signed a document guaranteeing the transparency and security of the electronic voting system.

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The World with AFP