Bolsonaro attacks Brazil vote as ‘farce’ at huge rally

Bolsonaro has repeatedly attacked voting system, in a move that has drawn comparisons with former U.S. president Donald Trump

President Jair Bolsonaro doubled down on his attacks on Brazil’s electronic voting system Tuesday, telling a massive Independence Day rally he refused to take part in an election “farce” in 2022.

“We want clean, democratic elections, with an auditable vote and public count… I can’t participate in a farce like the one being sponsored by the Superior Electoral Tribunal,” the embattled far-right leader told a crowd of flag-waving supporters in Sao Paulo.

Mr. Bolsonaro currently trails in the polls for Brazil’s October 2022 elections, in which he is expected to face leftist ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva — though neither has officially declared their candidacy.

Fighting the lowest approval ratings of his presidency, a flagging economy and a series of institutions he insists are stacked against him — including the electoral court — Mr. Bolsonaro convened rallies in cities across Brazil Tuesday in a bid to fire up his supporters.

He has repeatedly attacked Brazil’s voting system, in a move that has drawn comparisons with former U.S. president Donald Trump, his political role model.

The 66-year-old former army captain claims — without evidence — that Brazil’s electronic voting system is plagued by fraud, and wants a paper copy of each ballot printed to enable an audit.

Electoral authorities say the system, introduced in Brazil in 1996, is sound, and that adding paper print-outs would only introduce a potential avenue for fraud.

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