Brazil elections 2022 live: voting closes in world’s fourth-largest democracy - wima space
Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

The Associated Press has this explainer on how votes are collected in Amazonas’ remote Javari Valley region.

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Thanks to the efforts of Bruno Pereira, the Indigenous expert slain this year alongside British journalist Dom Phillips, collecting votes in Amazonas’ remote Javari Valley region is less fraught than in recent years.

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Villages in the Javari Valley territory received their first voting centers in 2014. To deliver a voting machine to the most distant village, Vida Nova, election officials usually fly in a small plane from Manaus to Cruzeiro do Sul, a city in Acre state. There, they board a helicopter for the final leg. It is a 1,000-mile round-trip voyage to reach a place with 327 voters, in a nation with an electorate of more than 150 million people.

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Until 2012, the region’s only voting centres were in the city of Atalaia do Norte. That year, a mayoral candidate distributed gasoline to about 1,200 Indigenous people from the Javari Valley Indigenous Territory so they could make the multi-day trip downriver to vote.

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The candidate hadn’t provided enough fuel for their return trip, however. They were stranded on the riverbanks for weeks without proper sanitation, prompting a rotavirus outbreak. Five Kanamari babies died and some 100 people were hospitalised.

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At the time, Pereira led the local bureau of Brazil’s agency for Indigenous affairs. He provided them with food and water, and coordinated a quarantine to prevent the virus from reaching Indigenous villages. Later, he and local Indigenous leaders developed a plan for transporting electronic voting machines to remote villages.

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Despite the fact that Brazil is the world’s fourth-largest democracy, results from more than 150 million eligible voters are presented mere hours after polls close, thanks to the country’s electronic voting system. And no significant fraud has ever been detected, the AP reports.

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Electronic machines were first used in 1996 and the first nationwide, electronic-only vote took place four years later.

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Brazilian authorities adopted electronic voting machines to tackle longstanding fraud. In earlier elections, ballot boxes arrived at voting stations already stuffed with votes. Others were stolen and individual votes were routinely falsified, according to Brazil’s electoral authority.

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A month ago, President Jair Bolsonaro was feeding concern about the nation’s electronic voting system. He has long insisted that the machines, used for a quarter-century, are prone to fraud, though he acknowledged last year that hasn’t been proved.

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Brazil’s top electoral authority maintain the system has been tested rigorously.

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Since 2019, far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro has has led an administration marked by incendiary speech, his testing of democratic institutions, his widely criticised handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the worst deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in 15 years.

But he has built a devoted base by defending conservative values, rebuffing political correctness and presenting himself as protecting the nation from leftist policies that he says infringe on personal liberties and produce economic turmoil.

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Brazilian frontrunner Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known as Lula, became the country’s first working-class president in 2002.

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Lula stepped down after two terms in 2010 with approval ratings close to 90%. But the following decade saw the Workers’ party (PT) he helped found embroiled in a tangle of corruption scandals and accused of plunging Brazil into a brutal recession.

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His apparently irremediable downfall was cemented in 2018 when he was jailed on corruption charges and barred from running in that year’s election, which Bolsonaro went on to win. Lula’s 580-day imprisonment seemed a melancholy end to a fairytale life that saw him rise from rural poverty to become one of the world’s most popular leaders.

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But Lula was freed in late 2019 and his convictions were quashed on the grounds that he was unfairly tried by Sérgio Moro, a rightwing judge who later took a job in Bolsonaro’s cabinet.

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Lula, who first sought the presidency in 1989, announced his sixth presidential run in May, vowing to beat Bolsonaro by staging “the greatest peaceful revolution the world has ever seen”.

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Brazilian elections. I’m Helen Sullivan, and I’ll be taking you through the results as they come in. Counting has already started and the result is likely to be called within the next few hours.

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Polls ahead of the election suggest that the country’s leftwing candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was president from 2003 to 2010 may secure an outright win – avoiding a second run-off.

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One poll gave Lula 51% to Bolsonaro’s 37%, another gave them 50% and 36% respectively.

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Key events

The Guardian’s Latin America correspondent Tom Phillips is in São Paulo:

Hundreds of politicians and journalists have gathered at a hotel in downtown São Paulo where Lula’s team is awaiting results. The atmosphere is TENSE pic.twitter.com/ywkTa1WY6q

— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsin) October 2, 2022

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Hundreds of politicians and journalists have gathered at a hotel in downtown São Paulo where Lula’s team is awaiting results. The atmosphere is TENSE pic.twitter.com/ywkTa1WY6q

— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsin) October 2, 2022

Brazilian journalist Ana Ionova reports for the Guardian from Rio that authorities in Brazil registered more than 200 electoral crimes across the country on Sunday.

Brazil’s Justice Ministry said there were 222 electoral infractions at voting stations as of 12:40pm local time, with most consisting of illegally campaigning, asking for votes or promoting candidates.

In the city of Goiânia, a supermarket selling discounted steaks to supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro – dubbing the promotion “picanha Mito,” after a popular nickname for the president – was reported to authorities and ordered to halt the promotion.

There were also cases of voters tampering with electronic machines. In the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, a 22-year-old man was arrested after gluing the buttons of one voting machine, in an attempt to impede other voters.

There were also isolated cases of violent crime during Sunday’s vote. In São Paulo, two men opened fire at military police at a polling station, leaving two officers in serious condition.

With just 12% of votes counted, Bolsonaro is in the lead, with 48.2% to Lula’s 43%. But is is very early in the counting, and this is unlikely to reflect the final result.

The last Datafolha survey, which interviewed 12,800 people, with a margin of error of two percentage points, have Lula a 50% to 36% advantage over Bolsonaro.

Vote counts are under way but most of them, especially for president, mean nothing this early in the night. It will be another two or three hours before we get a result. The official count can be followed here: https://t.co/E0MYepOTI3 pic.twitter.com/xaYIrASFYa

— Andrew Downie (@adowniebrazil) October 2, 2022

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This is interesting from Reuters reporter Gabriel Stargardter:

Keep an eye on results from Minas Gerais tonight. The giant bellwether state has correctly picked the winner of every national election since 1989. With 0.51% of votes counted in the state, Lula has 47.8% vs 44% for Bolsonaro.

— Gabriel Stargardter (@gabstargardter) October 2, 2022

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Keep an eye on results from Minas Gerais tonight. The giant bellwether state has correctly picked the winner of every national election since 1989. With 0.51% of votes counted in the state, Lula has 47.8% vs 44% for Bolsonaro.

— Gabriel Stargardter (@gabstargardter) October 2, 2022

Do you have questions about the Brazilian elections? Let me know on Twitter @helenrsullivan and I’ll do my best to answer.

In case you’re just joining us:

Brazilians voted Sunday in a highly polarised election that could determine if the country returns a leftist to the helm of the world’s fourth-largest democracy or keeps the far-right incumbent in office for another four years.

The race pits incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro against his political nemesis, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. There are nine other candidates, but their support pales to that for Bolsonaro and da Silva.

Recent opinion polls have given da Silva a commanding lead. The last Datafolha survey published Saturday found a 50% to 36% advantage for da Silva among those who intended to vote. It interviewed 12,800 people, with a margin of error of two percentage points.

How are votes collected in Brazil’s remotest areas?

The Associated Press has this explainer on how votes are collected in Amazonas’ remote Javari Valley region.

Thanks to the efforts of Bruno Pereira, the Indigenous expert slain this year alongside British journalist Dom Phillips, collecting votes in Amazonas’ remote Javari Valley region is less fraught than in recent years.

Villages in the Javari Valley territory received their first voting centers in 2014. To deliver a voting machine to the most distant village, Vida Nova, election officials usually fly in a small plane from Manaus to Cruzeiro do Sul, a city in Acre state. There, they board a helicopter for the final leg. It is a 1,000-mile round-trip voyage to reach a place with 327 voters, in a nation with an electorate of more than 150 million people.

Xukuru's indigenous people sing a sacred prayer in honour of late Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira during his funeral at the Morada da Paz Cemetery in Paulista, Pernambuco state, Brazil, on June 24, 2022. Pereira, 41, and British journalist Dom Phillips, 57, were shot while returning from an expedition in the Javari Valley, a remote region of the rainforest.
Xukuru’s indigenous people sing a sacred prayer in honour of late Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira during his funeral at the Morada da Paz Cemetery in Paulista, Pernambuco state, Brazil, on June 24, 2022. Pereira, 41, and British journalist Dom Phillips, 57, were shot while returning from an expedition in the Javari Valley, a remote region of the rainforest. Photograph: Brenda Alcântara/AFP/Getty Images

Until 2012, the region’s only voting centres were in the city of Atalaia do Norte. That year, a mayoral candidate distributed gasoline to about 1,200 Indigenous people from the Javari Valley Indigenous Territory so they could make the multi-day trip downriver to vote.

The candidate hadn’t provided enough fuel for their return trip, however. They were stranded on the riverbanks for weeks without proper sanitation, prompting a rotavirus outbreak. Five Kanamari babies died and some 100 people were hospitalised.

At the time, Pereira led the local bureau of Brazil’s agency for Indigenous affairs. He provided them with food and water, and coordinated a quarantine to prevent the virus from reaching Indigenous villages. Later, he and local Indigenous leaders developed a plan for transporting electronic voting machines to remote villages.

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips

A Lula victory would represent the latest in a series of triumphs for a resurgent Latin American left, following the election of leftist leaders in Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and Chile.

“I’m going to win these elections so I can give the people the right to be happy again. The people need, deserve and have the right … to be happy once more,” Lula told journalists as he wrapped up his campaigning with a parade through the streets of São Paulo on Saturday.

The prospect of a Lula victory has galvanised leftwing and centrist Brazilians after four years under Bolsonaro during which nearly 700,000 people died of Covid and more than 30 million were plunged into poverty and hunger.

“I feel hope,” the former president’s biographer and friend Fernando Morais told the Guardian as he prepared to vote wearing a Jeremy Corbyn T-shirt. “I feel like going out and distributing kisses.”

From the Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom Phillips, who is on the ground in São Paulo:

The president of Lula’s party @gleisi upbeat about his prospects as she arrives at hotel for vote count. Bolsonaro “will have to respect the result, he isn’t bigger than Brazil or Brazil’s institutions,” she tells us pic.twitter.com/FWiUKcuezS

— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsin) October 2, 2022

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The president of Lula’s party @gleisi upbeat about his prospects as she arrives at hotel for vote count. Bolsonaro “will have to respect the result, he isn’t bigger than Brazil or Brazil’s institutions,” she tells us pic.twitter.com/FWiUKcuezS

— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsin) October 2, 2022

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips

Brazil’s leftwing former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva appeared on the verge of a startling political comeback on Sunday as more than 156 million Brazilians took part in the country’s most important election in decades.

As the veteran ex-president cast his vote in Brazil’s industrial heartlands on Sunday morning, Lula voiced optimism he was heading for victory over the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

“We want no more hatred, no more quarrelling, we want a country that lives in peace,” the 76-year-old told reporters in São Bernardo do Campo, the city where he began his legendary political career as a unionist in the 1970s.

Polls on the eve of the election suggested Lula – who governed from 2003 to 2010 – was tantalisingly close to securing the overall majority of votes he needs to avoid a second-round runoff against Bolsonaro in late October. One poll gave Lula 51% to Bolsonaro’s 37%, another gave them 50% and 36% respectively.

The Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom Phillips, is on the ground in São Paulo:

The president of the @psol50 party @julianopsol tells me Bolsonaro will fail if he tries to contest defeat. Trump tried that in the US and Biden still took power, he points out pic.twitter.com/rRKWBwEnLZ

— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsin) October 2, 2022

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The Associated Press spoke to voters on Sunday. Here is what a few of them had to say:

Fernanda Reznik, a 48-year-old health worker, wore a red T-shirt a color associated with da Silva’s Workers’ Party to vote in Copacabana, where pro-Bolsonaro demonstrators often congregate, and had been waiting in line for 40 minutes.

“I’ll wait three hours if I have to!” said Reznik, who no longer bothers talking politics with neighbours who favour Bolsonaro.

“This year the election is more important, because we already went through four years of Bolsonaro and today we can make a difference and give this country another direction.”

Supporters of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva react as they gather after polling stations were closed in the presidential election, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 2 October 2022.
Supporters of Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva react as they gather after polling stations were closed in the presidential election, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 2 October 2022. Photograph: Pilar Olivares/Reuters

Marley Melo, a 53-year-old trader in capital Brasilia, sported the yellow of the Brazilian flag, which Bolsonaro and his supporters have coopted for demonstrations.

Melo said he is once again voting for Bolsonaro, who met his expectations, and he doesn’t believe the surveys that show him trailing.

“Polls can be manipulated. They all belong to companies with interests,” he said.

Bolsonaro supporters gather in front one of the president’s homes in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro on 2 October 2022.
Bolsonaro supporters gather in front one of the president’s homes in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro on 2 October 2022. Photograph: Wagner Meier/Getty Images

How are votes counted?

Despite the fact that Brazil is the world’s fourth-largest democracy, results from more than 150 million eligible voters are presented mere hours after polls close, thanks to the country’s electronic voting system. And no significant fraud has ever been detected, the AP reports.

Electronic machines were first used in 1996 and the first nationwide, electronic-only vote took place four years later.

Brazilian authorities adopted electronic voting machines to tackle longstanding fraud. In earlier elections, ballot boxes arrived at voting stations already stuffed with votes. Others were stolen and individual votes were routinely falsified, according to Brazil’s electoral authority.

A month ago, President Jair Bolsonaro was feeding concern about the nation’s electronic voting system. He has long insisted that the machines, used for a quarter-century, are prone to fraud, though he acknowledged last year that hasn’t been proved.

Brazil’s top electoral authority maintain the system has been tested rigorously.

Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips

Supporters and allies of Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, are streaming into a hotel in downtown São Paulo hoping to celebrate a first round win in Brazil’s acrimonious presidential election.

Speaking to the Guardian as she arrived at the event, the president of Lula’s leftist Worker’s party (PT), said she was optimistic about their chances of returning to power and defeating the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

“We feel confident … we feel real happiness. We have faced hard and difficult moments but we have prevailed through our resistance and our unflinching belief in our cause,” Gleisi Hoffmann said.

Hoffman said Bolsonaro, an ally of Donald Trump, would fail if he tried to contest the result like his North American friend.

“[Bolsonaro] will have to respect the result. He isn’t bigger than Brazil or Brazil’s institutions,” she said.

Who is Jair Bolsonaro?

Since 2019, far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro has has led an administration marked by incendiary speech, his testing of democratic institutions, his widely criticised handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the worst deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in 15 years.

But he has built a devoted base by defending conservative values, rebuffing political correctness and presenting himself as protecting the nation from leftist policies that he says infringe on personal liberties and produce economic turmoil.

President Jair Messias Bolsonaro votes at Rosa da Fonseca municipal school, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
President Jair Messias Bolsonaro votes at Rosa da Fonseca municipal school, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Who is Lula?

Brazilian frontrunner Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, known as Lula, became the country’s first working-class president in 2002.

Lula stepped down after two terms in 2010 with approval ratings close to 90%. But the following decade saw the Workers’ party (PT) he helped found embroiled in a tangle of corruption scandals and accused of plunging Brazil into a brutal recession.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva kisses his voting receipt in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva kisses his voting receipt in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: Fernando Bizerra/EPA

His apparently irremediable downfall was cemented in 2018 when he was jailed on corruption charges and barred from running in that year’s election, which Bolsonaro went on to win. Lula’s 580-day imprisonment seemed a melancholy end to a fairytale life that saw him rise from rural poverty to become one of the world’s most popular leaders.

But Lula was freed in late 2019 and his convictions were quashed on the grounds that he was unfairly tried by Sérgio Moro, a rightwing judge who later took a job in Bolsonaro’s cabinet.

Lula, who first sought the presidency in 1989, announced his sixth presidential run in May, vowing to beat Bolsonaro by staging “the greatest peaceful revolution the world has ever seen”.

Voting closes in Brazil elections

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Brazilian elections. I’m Helen Sullivan, and I’ll be taking you through the results as they come in. Counting has already started and the result is likely to be called within the next few hours.

Polls ahead of the election suggest that the country’s leftwing candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was president from 2003 to 2010 may secure an outright win – avoiding a second run-off.

One poll gave Lula 51% to Bolsonaro’s 37%, another gave them 50% and 36% respectively.


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