São Paulo, Brazil
The Sunday Review
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The head of Brazil’s electoral court Wednesday rejection Jair Bolsonaro’s petition to annul ballots from this year’s presidential vote, calling the outgoing President’s allegation that some voting machines had malfunctioned “ludicrous and illicit” And “ostensibly conspiratorial toward the democratic rule of law.”

Alexandre De Moraes, Chief Justice of Supreme Electoral Court, ruled that all electronic ballot models were valid. “perfectly identifiable in a clear, secure and integral way.” He also placed an order Bolsonaro’s right-wing Liberal Party to pay a fine of 22 million reais ($4.1 million) for “bad faith litigation.”

Bolsonaro A run-off vote against leftist rival LuizInacio Lula do Silva was lost narrowly last month. “Lula,” Who is to be inaugurated as president January 1

Since then Bolsonaro He has not yet admitted that he lost but has stated previously that he would. “continue to fulfill all commandments of the constitution” – leading observers to believe that he would cooperate with the transfer of power.

However, the Tuesday petition was filed Bolsonaro The leader of the Liberal Party claimed that certain voting machines had failed and that any votes cast through them should not be counted.

Citing an analysis done by a company Bolsonaro’s party, the complaint claimed that removing those votes would hand Bolsonaro victory.

Previous reports by election authorities stated that the same voting machines were used for both the first round and the second round.

Valdemar Costa neto, a Liberal Party congressman claimed during Wednesday’s news conference Bolsonaro’s party only asked “for verification of the second round as we understand it would be impossible to do so in the first round due to the number of people [candidates] affected.”

Last month’s heated election It was in a highly polarized political environment in Brazil, which is currently struggling with high inflation and limited growth, and growing poverty.

Lula da Silva received more than 60 million votes – according to the election authority’s final tally – the most in Brazilian His record breaking feats in history from 2006.