Polling stations are closed and Brazilians are holding their breath

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Polling stations are closed and Brazilians are holding their breath

Brazilians lined up to vote in the favela of Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro.

Polling stations closed Sunday at 5 p.m. local time. Brazil holds its breath as it waits for the winner to be announced: far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro or left-wing ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the favourite.

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A controversy tainted a day that passed without major incident.

The President of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Alexandre de Moraes, announced the lifting of filter barriers by the Federal Road Police (PRF) which delayed the arrival of voters at polling stations, the left crying foul.

Leaders of the PT, the Workers' Party of Lula, had earlier relayed on social networks many videos of stopped buses on board which were voters, especially in rural areas of North- East, electoral stronghold of the former left-wing president (2003-2010), who said he found what was happening to be inadmissible.

Mr. de Moraes, however, said in a press conference that, despite the delays, no coach turned back and that all voters were able to vote.

President Bolsonaro , 67, among the first to vote as soon as polls opened in the Vila Militar neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, arrived mid-afternoon in Brasilia, at the Alvorada Palace , where he was to wait for the results.

Incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro of the Liberal Party (PL), who was running for a new term, at the time of voting in Vila Militar district on October 30, 2022 in Brasilia

At least 200 people began to gather in the center of Brasila, on the Esplanade des Ministries, after the offices closed, found the report. AFP.

Dressed in a t-shirt with the inscription Brazil in yellow and green, the colors of the national flag loved by his supporters, Bolsonaro had previously displayed alongside the football team of Flamengo, who won the Copa Libertadores, the equivalent of the European Champions League, on Saturday in Ecuador.

Lula, 77, was expected to await the results in Sao Paulo, where celebrations were planned in the event of victory. White long-sleeved shirt, he had expressed his confidence in a victory for democracy by voting in Sao Bernardo do Campo, the city in the Southeast where he made his debut as a trade union leader.

Lula said he wanted to restore peace among Brazilians after an ultra-polarized campaign that cut the country in two.

Brazil's presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva cast his vote on Sunday morning.

The campaign between these two opposing men took place in a brutal climate which saw them copiously insulting each other while social networks, the sole source of information for the majority of Brazil's 170 million users, carried torrents of misinformation.

Bolsonaro called Lula a thief, an ex-prisoner, an alcoholic and a national disgrace, among other things. The latter returned the blows: pedophile, cannibal, genocidaire and petty dictator, in particular.

Sunday in the Amazon, the natives of the Sateré-Mawé ethnic group, of the Sahu community -Apé, drew red and black arrows on their cheeks before walking to the polling station closest to their wooden houses.

These drawings mean that they have a goal to achieve: to elect their candidate, Lula, the one who knows what it's like to struggle on a daily basis and how difficult it is for […] us.

The name of the new president should be made official before 8 p.m. local time. The first estimates should be favorable to candidate Bolsonaro with the counting first of the states in the south of the country, before those in the north, supporters of Lula.

If the polls have been predicting a victory for Lula for months, Bolsonaro still has reason to believe it.

According to the latest Datafolha survey published on Saturday evening, the x27; The gap narrowed to 52% against 48% for Lula with a margin of error of two points. The polls had heavily underestimated Bolsonaro's score in the first round (43%, against 48% for Lula).

Abstention could be the key to the outcome. The major challenge between the two rounds was the hunt for 32 million abstainers, while six million votes separated Lula (48%) from Bolsonaro (43%).

The other question that plagued observers was whether, in the event of defeat, Bolsonaro would accept the verdict of the polls by becoming the first president to run for a second. mandate not to be re-elected since the return to democracy in 1985.

After launching relentless attacks against the fraudulent system of electronic ballot boxes, he said on Friday, without convincing: Whoever has the most votes wins. It's democracy.

Lula, former steelworker with an extraordinary destiny who experienced the disgrace of prison (2018-2019) then the cancellation of his convictions for corruption, said he hopes Bolsonaro will recognize the result if he loses.

Twelve Brazilian state governors will also be elected on Sunday night. The result in the most populous and wealthy state of Sao Paulo is highly anticipated.

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