Bolsonaro campaigned without changing the impression of ballot box security

The representative of the Scandinavian country said that Bolsonaro’s speeches “didn’t change anything in our perception”.

President Jair Bolsonaro’s attack on the electronic voting system was seen by foreign ambassadors of democracies, who were invited to a meeting this Monday, the 18th, as an election campaign act and did not change the general impression of confidence in the security of the elections. . After the meeting at the Palacio da Alvorada, Estadao heard from seven embassies from Asia, Europe and Latin America. They spoke on the condition of preserving their identity.

A representative of the Scandinavian country stated that Bolsonaro’s speeches “didn’t change anything in our perception”. He said he had no reason to question the system, which had “worked well for the last 25 years”. Secondly, he should see that meeting as part of the “pre-election campaign”.

The same ambassador said that there were diplomats in the Alvorada Hall who were more sympathetic to the president and others less so, but overall the impression was the same, especially in European democracies.

It became commentary by ambassadors, ending with translation errors on slides presented by Bolsonaro, who had questions for diplomats in Portuguese and English. “Why aren’t your countries using our secure, electronic system?” was one of them.

One of the few to publicly comment on the meeting, the Swiss ambassador took to social media to send his message. “We wish the Brazilian people that the next election will be another celebration of democracy and institutions,” Ambassador Pietro Lazeri wrote.

Another ambassador classified the PowerPoint as “amateur” and stated that diplomats were already properly briefed on the Federal Police investigation into the hacking of the 2018 election, which was used as a basis for the president’s arguments.

As shown by the Komprova project, the intrusion into the internal system of the TSE had no impact on the security of electronic voting machines. Federal police have found no record of a fraud investigation involving the electronic voting machine since the voting method was adopted in 1996.


A European diplomat said he saw “nothing new” in President Bolsonaro’s statements. According to him, the final part of the exhibition was the sequence of “attacks on TSE ministers”.

For the third ambassador, when he focused his fire on ministers Edson Fachin, Luis Roberto Barroso and Alexandre de Moraes and tried to link them to former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT), a rival in this year’s dispute, the president showed: tone voter.

Another European diplomat reiterated that the result should be accepted and that he was not worried about a post-election coup. According to him, “no one was convinced that there was a fake”, but, in his opinion, the system could be more “audible”. According to him, “TSE has to accept some criticism,” the ambassador mused, for which Bolsonaro retorted in a meeting with diplomats by Electoral Justice in May.

There were more people in Alvorada. The Presidency of the Republic did not publish an official list of how many ambassadors were present. The report counted 70 vehicles of diplomatic missions with guests in Alvorada. Some diplomats spoke about 80 names. TSE was 68 in May.


The representative of the Arab country said that Bolsonaro’s tone was calibrated and that he met for the first time with a large number of diplomats without a clear ideological cut. Some asked to take a picture with the president at the end of the presentation. Diplomats claimed that the Brazilian government invited only representatives of countries with accredited ambassadors in the country, with the exception of the United States, whose diplomatic representation is currently headed by a chargé d’affaires. Representatives from Chile, China, Argentina and Great Britain were not invited.

The presidency followed the order of priority, emphasizing the apostolic nuncio, the Vatican representative and highlighting the ambassadors of Palestine and Cameroon, the longest-serving in Brazil.

One Latin American ambassador, whose government is sympathetic to Bolsonaro, said the concerns raised by the president were “legitimate” and underscored the warm tone. All diplomats interviewed by the report noticed the president’s less bellicose attitude than usual.

The head of the diplomatic mission in Europe said Bolsonaro had tried to cobble together the presentation by saying the Executive Branch was available to increase cash investments in elections that could provide greater security. “It was politically correct coming from a man known for being aggressive,” he said.


Ministers of Defense, Civil Chamber, Foreign Affairs, Office of Institutional Security and General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic present in Alvorada did not speak.

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