© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro offers a press assertion on the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Brazil November 1, 2022. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photograph
By Ricardo Brito and Maria Carolina Marcello
BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has challenged his electoral defeat final month to leftist rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, based on a grievance filed with the nation’s federal electoral court docket (TSE) that alleges votes from sure digital voting machines ought to be “invalidated.”
Bolsonaro’s declare appears unlikely to get far, as Lula’s victory has been ratified by the TSE and acknowledged by Brazil’s main politicians and worldwide allies. However it might gasoline a small however dedicated protest motion that has to this point refused to simply accept the consequence.
Bolsonaro’s right-wing electoral coalition, which filed the grievance, stated its audit of the vote depend had discovered “indicators of irreparable… malfunction” in older voting machines.
“There have been indicators of significant failures that generate uncertainties and make it unattainable to validate the outcomes generated” in a number of older fashions of the voting machines, Bolsonaro allies stated of their grievance. Because of this, they urged that the votes from these fashions ought to be “invalidated.”
Bolsonaro, a far-right former military captain, has for years made baseless claims that the nation’s digital voting system is liable to fraud, with out offering substantiating proof.
Brazil’s foreign money deepened losses after information of the electoral grievance, shedding 1.5% towards the U.S. greenback in afternoon buying and selling.
The TSE didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.