A Brazilian congressional committee on Thursday voted towards a constitutional modification to undertake printed ballots, in a serious defeat for far-right President Jair Bolsonaro.
The 34-member committee voted 23 to 11 to shelve the modification that Bolsonaro had advocated for weeks, claiming the nation’s digital voting system is open to fraud.
Critics say Bolsonaro, like former US President Donald Trump, is sowing doubts in case he loses subsequent 12 months’s presidential election. He has threatened to not settle for the consequence if the system shouldn’t be modified.
The modification known as for adoption of printed receipts that may be counted if any election result’s disputed, a paper path that may change the present all-electronic voting system.
Bolsonaro, who is anticipated to hunt a second time period, has spent hours on social media attacking the digital voting system, with out offering proof of fraud.
Along with his recognition falling after overseeing the world’s second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak, opinion polls present he trails former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, though neither of them has formally introduced they may run.
“Bolsonaro has threatened the elections as a result of he has already misplaced. He desires to perpetuate himself in energy. He must be contained,” Congressman Ivan Valente of Socialism and Liberty Get together advised the fee.
On Wednesday, Bolsonaro raged towards a Supreme Courtroom investigation into his conduct and threatened to reply outdoors the bounds of the structure, escalating a conflict between the far-right chief and the judiciary.
Bolsonaro’s feedback got here after Supreme Courtroom Justice Alexandre de Moraes authorised an investigation into the president’s unfounded accusations that Brazil’s digital voting system is weak to fraud.
The president has known as for individuals to take to the streets to defend his proposal and accused members of the highest courtroom of wanting to assist Lula’s Staff Get together return to energy.
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