BRASILIA, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - Les Main Brazilian politicians lined up on Thursday to stress that next year's presidential election will certainly take place, after a newspaper article Le mBrazil's Minister of Defense had threatened to hold a very polarized vote.
Estado de S. Paulo, citing anonymous sources, reported that the Minister of Defense Walter Braga Netto, a former army general, had told House Speaker Arthur Lira via an interlocutor that the 2022 elections would not take place unless printed ballots were used. Hfrance.fr was not able to independently verify the story.
Lira and Braga Netto have denied the report, which has rocked the Brazilian political class.
It comes amid repeated - and unfounded - public allegations by President Jair Bolsonaro that the electronic voting system of Brazil is vulnerable to fraud. With his popularity declining after overseeing the world's second deadliest coronavirus outbreak, Bolsonaro is pressingon to replace the system with printed ballots, but the bill has not gained much popularity in Congress.
Critics allege that Bolsonaro, like his idol, former US President Donald Trump, sows doubt on the elections to pave the way for him not to accept any loss. Opinion polls show he is following former left-wing president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, although neither have officially announced their candidacy yet.
In the wake of the Estado de Histoire de S. Paulo, Lira wrote in a tweet that Brazilians will vote next year in a "secret and sovereign " election . His Senate counterpart, Rodrigo Pacheco, also assured Brazilians that the 2022 elections will take place, either with printed ballots or electronically.
vice-president of Brazil, former armyGeneral Hamilton Mourao, also said that it was "logical " that next year's vote would take place pl as.
"Who is going to ban an election in Brazil? " He said. "We are not a banana republic.
Braga Netto, speaking at an event in Brasilia, said the armed forces were committed to democracy and freedom.
In a statement released Thursday by the Defense Ministry, Braga Netto said that "the discussion on the electronic voting verifiable by means of printed evidence is legitimate ”; adding that he believed "all citizens want the greatest transparency and legitimacy " in the electoral process.
Luis Roberto Barroso, the leader of the Brazil's federal electoral tribunal, said he spoke with Braga Netto and Lira, both of whom had "adamantly "Denied the newspaper article.
Written on Twitter, Joao Caminoto, chief information officer for the media group that runs the 'Estado de S. Paulo, defended the newspaper's information. "I consider it important to fully reaffirm the contents of the published report, " he wrote.
Bolsonaro said he may not accept the result of an election using electronic voting in 2022.
"There will be printed ballots, because if there are no printed ballots, this is a sign that there is there will be no election. The message is clear "said Bolsonaro earlier this month.
L 'Estado de S. Paulo ' s story resonated in Brazil , where a coup in 1964 led to 21years of military rule.
"In a democracy, it is not the army that decides 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.
Brazil's electoral tribunal has repeatedly denied that the system is vulnerable to fraud or that there is evidence of fraud in elections previous reports, and Bolsonaro has yet to provide any evidence to support his claims. Reporting by Lisandra Paraguassu, written by Carolina Mandl, Stephen Eisenhammer and Gabriel Stargardter, edited by Rosalba O 'Brien
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