The impending defeat in the elections made Bolsonaro attack the electoral system

Electronic voting machines were introduced to the public in 1996 and fully adopted in the country four years later, electronic voting machines have been continuously tested for the past 22 years without any evidence of fraud. On the contrary, this voting machine buried a history of fraud known in the news by the most senior Brazilian citizen. But in times of spreading lies and conspiracy theories of the most horrific, The electronic voting system was another victim. And no wonder, because none of this happens without a method. So, what is the background to this smear campaign that we expected to bury with the sovereign resolutions of the National Congress last year?

In August 2021, when the issue of the printed vote (PEC 135/2019) was decided by a legislative decision, we drew attention to the need to address the real problems of the country since then. We talked about the need to vaccinate the population, create jobs and income, make up for lost time in education, with millions of children out of school due to the pandemic, etc. But nearly a year after the sovereign and democratic decision of the National Congress that electronic voting machines are safe and reliable, we continue to hear, through the voice of non-democrats, threats to elections, including an attempt to interfere with the armed forces in the civil society process, he noted. Most recently the President of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, Minister Edson Fachin.

In the latest so-called Public Security Tests (TPS), which TSE conducted in May, IT technicians from organizations such as the federal police and universities failed in an attempt at 29 schemes to attack the electronic voting machine. These tests have been in place since 2009, and are part of a process of improvement that has never stopped.

The first electronic voting machines weighed about 20 kilograms, more than twice the weight of today’s machines, and had no LED on-screen or long-lasting battery. Today, we have the biometric registration of more than 120 million Brazilians, a digital guarantee against fraud. In the middle of this long path, in 2008, another innovation appeared: the operating system moved to free software, which allowed the operation of software developed by TSE and facilitated auditing and certification, as well as lowering costs. There are countless developments through this ingenuity of the Brazilian who, incidentally, elected Jair Bolsonaro President of the Republic and, before that, a Federal Deputy in five of the seven times he received the mandate of the Council.

The problem is the electronic voting machine? Combined with numerous aptitude tests in over 20 years of experience, the nation is screaming NO! Consecutive polls indicate that more than 80% of Brazilians trust the electronic voting system. In the organized society, dozens of entities have just submitted a statement to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal rejecting Bolsonaro’s attacks on the electoral system. The Brazilian Association of Jurists for Democracy (ABJD), the National Association of Public Defenders (ANADEP), the Brazilian Commission for Justice and Peace (CBJP) and several others classify as “unacceptable” because the incumbent of the Presidency of the Republic behaves “exactly the opposite” of the way to his legal and institutional duties, attacking in a way that Cyclical, repetitive and systematic in the Brazilian electoral system, directing baseless criticism, skepticism and statements devoid of technical and rational support.” They also warn that they will not accept “on the condition that they are hostages of blackmail and the threat of institutional rupture.”

As for the scale of the assaults against democracy and the electoral system, the entities to which we add ourselves, ask in response that the Supreme Electoral Tribunal promotes a large international mission of election observers, as has already happened in other countries. It is worth noting that the first attempt by the Brazilian Electoral Court to bring in observers for the 2022 elections was prevented by the executive branch itself, which, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, showed opposition to the invitation to observers from the European Union. Now, in an international partnership, about 100 observers are expected from all continents, including representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Mercosur Parliament. You may be very welcome.

The efforts of foundations and community support, just four months before the elections, show Jinnah’s isolation that looks like mourners, weeping and yearning for dictatorship. This is the expectation of defeat In opinion polls a tragic government of the Brazilian people, uncommitted to democratic values, dignity and social justice and dedicated solely to maintaining smokescreens to cover up their own incompetence, He tries day and night to spoil the electoral process. Deep down, desperately trying to stay in power, whatever the cost. For the good of the country and democracy, they will remain isolated.

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