© Reuters. PHOTO DE DOSSIER: A joint photo of Brazilian President and presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro from a press conference at the Alvarado Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, October 4, 2022, and former Brazilian president and presidential favorite Luis Inacio

Par Ricardo Britto and Rodrigo Beam Geyer

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The Brazilian electoral authorities are preparing for a competitive election on Sunday with a result that could be contested by far-right president Jair Bolsonaro, who lost to his left-wing opponent, who had a narrow lead in the recent opinion research.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) of Brazil, led by Supreme Court judges, is ready to contest Bolsonaro’s victory over former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, potentially mobilizing manifestations of anger, according to family members. avec les préparatifs du tribunal qui ont requis l’anonymat pour partager les informations.

“What we see is a series of things intended to destabilize and disrupt the electoral process,” a high-level judicial source told Reuters, all while minimizing the risk of general troubles.

“Nous devons suivre de près ce qui va se passer et rester en contact avec les forces de sécurité pour éviter les émeutes dans les rues,” the source declared.

Quatre sources ont declared to Reuters that the TSE and the Supreme Court had the intention of reinforcing the security of judges and institutions on Sunday, and that the tensions would last until the result of the élection présidentielle soit certified le 19 décembre.

Two polls on Thursday showed that Lula maintained a lead of 5 or 6 percentage points, in accordance with his advantage in the first round of voting on October 2.

The financial markets have largely integrated Lula’s victory, but the uncertainty regarding the outcome is contested and unsettling.

“Il ya des appréhensions quant au respect du résultat des élections,” said Amy Chaillot, JP Morgan’s action strategist. “Ce que tout le monde veut en ce moment, c’est une definition, quelle qu’elle soit”, he declared.

Bolsonaro, a right-wing populist who argued without proof that Brazil’s electronic vote system is vulnerable to fraud, intensified his attacks on the TSE this week. He accused the tribunal of having mishandled a complaint according to which the radio stations would have granted Lula more airtime for campaign ads.

The TSE rejected the complaint in a decision on Wednesday due to the lack of evidence and asked the Attorney General of Brazil to investigate Bolsonaro’s campaign for an eventual intention to disrupt the elections.

One of the president’s sons, senator Flavio Bolsonaro, said on social networks that his father was the victim of the “most grand electoral fraud ever seen”. Un autre fils, le membre du Congrès Eduardo Bolsonaro, a declarée aux Journales que pour traiter correctamente la question, il pourrait être necessaire de reporter les elections.

Bolsonaro’s campaign leaders publicly declared that a report on the elections was not discussed. The question has divided the president’s advisers, some of whom consider the strategy a distraction for swing voters, according to campaign sources.

Un autre haut responsable judiciaire told Reuters that the pivot of Bolsonaro towards the attack on the TSE himself avait rendu les post-electorales prospects “imprévisibles”.

Bolsonaro’s allies called on the partisans to return Sunday on the central esplanade of Brasilia to follow the vote count in what the organizers called a “Party of Victory.”

Bolsonaro has also asked his partisans to remain in the voting offices until they close at 17 heures (2000 GMT) on Sunday, which, according to critics, could intimidate voters and provoke clashes.

Lula, a former trade union leader who founded the Parti des travailleurs and led Brazil from 2003 to 2010, called on voters to defend Bésilienne democracy against Bolsonaro’s “neofascism”.

Adding to the climate of uncertainty, Bolsonaro, an ancien captain of the army, pushed the army to approve publicly its allegations that the electoral system is vulnerable to fraud. Les forces armées ont verificat certaines machines à voter lors du vote du premier tour pour s’assure que les recues papier étaiten alignes avec les résultats transmis numériquement, mais Elles n’ont pas rendu compte de leurs vydas.

Lula’s assistants, including the former Minister of Defense Celso Amorim, have declared that they are ready for trouble, but there is no way for the armed forces to support Bolsonaro’s anti-constitutional measures.