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Brazil election company rejects Bolsonaro push to void votes

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In this file picture taken on October 30, 2022, a person waves a Brazilian flag at an avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, throughout the presidential run-off election.
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The head of Brazil’s electoral authority on Wednesday rejected the request from President Jair Bolsonaro and his political get together to annul ballots solid on most digital voting machines, which might have overturned the October 30 election.

Alexandre de Moraes had issued a previous ruling that implicitly raised the likelihood that Mr. Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party might endure from such a problem.

He conditioned evaluation of the request on the presentation of an amended report to incorporate outcomes from the primary electoral spherical, on October 2, wherein the get together received extra seats in each congressional homes than another, and he established a 24-hour deadline.

Earlier on Wednesday, get together president Valdemar Costa and lawyer Marcelo de Bessa held a press convention and mentioned there could be no amended report.

“The complete bad faith of the plaintiff’s bizarre and illicit request … was proven, both by the refusal to add to the initial petition and the total absence of any evidence of irregularities and the existence of a totally fraudulent narrative of the facts,” Mr. de Moraes wrote in his resolution hours later.

He additionally ordered the suspension of presidency funds for the Liberal Party’s coalition till a effective of 23 million reais ($4.3 million) for unhealthy religion litigation is paid.

On Tuesday, Mr. de Bessa filed a 33-page request on behalf of Mr. Bolsonaro and Mr. Costa citing a software program bug within the majority of Brazil’s machines — they lack particular person identification numbers of their inner logs — to argue all votes they recorded ought to be nullified. Mr. de Bessa mentioned that doing so would go away Mr. Bolsonaro with 51% of the remaining legitimate votes.

Neither Mr. Costa nor Mr. de Bessa have defined how the bug may need affected election outcomes.

Independent specialists consulted by The Associated Press mentioned that, whereas newly found, it does not have an effect on reliability and every voting machine remains to be readily identifiable by way of different means. In his ruling, Mr. de Moraes famous the identical.

He additionally wrote that the problem to the vote appeared aimed toward incentivizing anti-democratic protest actions and creating tumult, and ordered the investigation of Mr. Costa and the guide employed to conduct an analysis.

“De Moraes’ message to the political establishment is: the game is over. Questioning the result of the elections is not fair play, and people and institutions who do that will be punished harshly,” mentioned Maurício Santoro, a political science professor on the State University of Rio de Janeiro.

In the press convention on Wednesday, Mr. Costa mentioned his intention is merely to stop the outcomes of the 2022 vote from haunting Brazil into the longer term.

The electoral authority on October 30 ratified the victory of Mr. Bolsonaro’s nemesis, leftist former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and even most of the president’s allies rapidly accepted the outcomes.

Protesters in cities throughout the nation have steadfastly refused to do the identical, significantly with Mr. Bolsonaro declining to concede.

Mr. Bolsonaro spent greater than a yr claiming Brazil’s digital voting system is vulnerable to fraud, with out ever presenting proof.

The South American nation started utilizing an digital voting system in 1996 and election safety specialists think about such techniques much less safe than hand-marked paper ballots, as a result of they go away no auditable paper path. But Brazil’s system has been intently scrutinized by home and worldwide specialists who’ve by no means discovered proof of it being exploited to commit fraud.

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