BRASILIA, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - Brazilian politicians of all ideological stripes on Wednesday expressed their shock at an unconfirmed article in the newspaper Estado de S. Paulo that the Minister of Defense communicated to the president of the lower house that the The presidential election scheduled for next year would not take place without printed ballots.
TheThe report, which cites anonymous sources and which Hfrance.fr has not been able to independently verify, comes after repeated public allegations by President Jair Bolsonaro that Brazil's electronic voting system is vulnerable to fraud. He provided no evidence for these claims.
Estado de S. Paulo reported that Defense Minister Walter Braga Netto, a general of the army, conveyed through an interlocutor a message to the President of the House, Arthur Lira, that the presidential election of 2022 must use printed votes.
Lira and Braga Netto denied the report, calling it a "lie ". "
Braga Netto, speaking at an event in Brasilia, said the armed forces are committed to democracy and freedom.
Bolsonaro said he might not accept the result of an election using electronic voting by 2022. He is trying to pass a bill for printed ballots in Congress.
"There will be printed ballots, because s 'there are no printed ballots, this is a sign that there will be no election. ge is clear "he said earlier this month.
The Estado de S. Paulo report sent shockwaves through Brazil, where a coup in 1964 led to 21 years of military rule.
"In a democracy, these are only not the military who decide whether or not there will be elections but the constitution which they have sworn to defend and obey, "said lawmaker Marcelo Ramos, vice-president of the lower house, in a note.
The President of the Senate Rodrigo Pacheco said on Twitter that Congress has yet to decide whether the voting system will change, but has assured Brazilians that the 2022 elections will take place, whether with printed or electronic ballots.
Former speaker Rodrigo Maia wrote on Twitter that "Brazil is awaiting a statement from the Minister of Defense and commanders of the armed forces on the report on the today 's grave. "
Brazil's electoral tribunal has repeatedly denied that the system is vulnerable to fraud or that 'there is evidence of fraud in previous elections. Report by Lisandra Paraguassu, written by Carolina Mandl and Stephen Eisenhammer, edited by Rosalba O ' Brien
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