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“The attempt to weaken our democracy is unacceptable,” OAB-SP says of Bolsonaro

The document is signed by the OAB’s São Paulo branch and countersigned by the Electoral Law Commission and the organization’s Electoral Observatory.

Monica Bergamo
Sao Paulo-SP

The São Paulo branch of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) prepared a note this Monday (18) expressing concern over new attacks by President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) on electoral justice and the credibility of the Brazilian voting system.

In a presentation to dozens of foreign ambassadors at the Palacio da Alvorada, the President of the Republic this Monday repeated conspiracy theories about electronic voting machines, discredited the electoral system, promoted threats of a new coup and attacked the ministers of the STF (Supreme Federal Court).

In the post, the OAB-SP reiterates that the existing electoral mechanisms have so far worked without any specific challenges or evidence of fraud in the counting of votes. It also emphasizes that this year’s elections require healthy debate through debate and opposition of ideas that respect the democratic rule of law.

“The attempt to weaken our democracy, the main expression of which is the people’s vote, with attacks on the authorities and the spread of false demonstrations is unacceptable,” the organization said in a statement.

“The electronic voting system guarantees transparency of results, speed of calculation and public control through auditable procedures and controlled by political parties, public ministry and civil society,” he continues.

The document is signed by the OAB’s São Paulo branch and countersigned by the Electoral Law Commission and the organization’s Electoral Observatory.


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This Monday, President Jair Bolsonaro launched a series of criticisms and attacks on diplomatic representatives that he has repeated in domestic affairs since last year.

The chief executive adopted a soft tone in his speech to the ambassadors, as if he was trying to give seriousness to the electoral system without evidence, or the series of conclusions without evidence, at a time when he appears to distance himself from former President Luis. Inacio Lula da Silva (PT) in voting intention surveys.

Since 1996, there have never been any cases of fraud in the electronic voting machines used in Brazil.
Read the full text of the OAB-SP post below:

“The Brazilian Bar Association, São Paulo Section, expresses its concern over the repeated attacks on Electoral Justice, the Supreme Courts and the credibility of the Brazilian electoral system, repeated today by the President of the Republic in the presence of ambassadors.


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It is unacceptable to try to weaken our democracy, which has the people’s vote as its main expression, by attacking the authorities and spreading false demonstrations. The electronic voting system guarantees transparency of results, speed of calculation and public control through auditable procedures and monitored by political parties, prosecutors and civil society.

OAB São Paulo, as always, strongly defends democratic continuity, which imposes respect for institutions and our electoral mechanisms, which have so far functioned without any specific challenges, especially with regard to fraud in the counting of votes.

Candidates are required that the electoral debate be healthy and proceed through debates, opposition of projects and ideas, always in line with the constitutional principles and the values ​​of the Republic and OEK.


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