The appeal presented by the outgoing Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro to the country’s electoral tribunal did not go as hoped, in which he challenged the outcome of the run-off lost against Lula on October 30: the judges rejected his request for alleged “fraud” on electronic voting and fined the far-right leader’s party 23 million reais, about 4 million euros. The president of the Tribunal, Alexandre de Moraes, explained that the decision was taken because no credible evidence was presented to support the allegations with which it was intended to “initiate a legal dispute in bad faith and irresponsibly”.
Between the two challengers there were more than two million votes difference, Bolsonaro however blamed a part of the 287,000 electronic ballot boxes: he claimed that some electoral machines manufactured after 2020 have the serial number and therefore cannot be clearly identified. His appeal is based on a study conducted by Voto legal, an institute not recognized by the Electoral Tribunal, according to which the outcome of the elections would reward him with 51.05 of the votes. In the motion, he had asked that a portion of the votes be annulled, an argument deemed “ridiculous and illegal” by Moares.
The outgoing president was silent for three weeks after the defeat, without congratulating his challenger Lula. What the vice president, Hamilton Mourão did instead, who said he was convinced that there was no electoral fraud. It seems to relive the moments when Donald Trump blew on the wind of his supporters’ protest by not recognizing Joe Biden’s victory and hindering the passing of the baton to the Biden administration.