Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday questioned the holding of the 2022 presidential election in which he hopes to be re-elected. These will be canceled if no ballot papers are allowed. This statement immediately sparked a wave of criticism on the part of Parliament.
I am not afraid of elections. I will give the presidential mantle to whoever wins after a verifiable and reliable vote,” Bolsonaro told his supporters in Brasilia.
Bolsonaro is urging Congress to allow paper ballot papers as well as voting computers that have been in use since 1996. With the current electoral system, we risk not holding elections next year. “Your future is at stake,” he said.
The president, who has been criticized for his long-suffering approach to the coronavirus, has called Electoral Tribunal President Luis Roberto Barroso an “idiot” for refusing to agree to his request. And Bolsonaro had already caused controversy on Thursday when he said: “Either we have fair elections in Brazil, or there will be no elections.”
Bolsonaro’s popularity is at an all-time low
Barroso, who is also one of the 11 Supreme Court justices, called the remarks “unfortunate” and warned that any attempt to prevent the elections from taking place on the specified dates would contravene the constitution.
A poll on Thursday showed that Bolsonaro’s popularity is at an all-time low. Only 49% of Brazilians support his policy. This is 6 percent less than the previous month. In opinion polls, the far-right president lags 23 percent behind former leftist President Lula da Silva.