August 1, 2021

OAS observers stress the "normality" of elections in Brazil

OAS observers stress the "normality" of elections in Brazil

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla, head of the first OAS electoral observation mission in Brazil, said that the presidential elections that are taking place in the country today are "quite normal" and without incidents.

"We have observed a process quite normal, which even contrasts with the concern that existed in the campaign," the official of the Organization of American States (OAS) told reporters after visiting a polling station in Brasilia.

The concern was mainly in the exacerbated polarization with which the country came to the elections, which have as favorites to go to a second round of far-right Jair Bolsonaro and progressive Fernando Haddad.

However, according to Chinchilla, among the 40 observers that the OAS has deployed in 13 of the country's 27 states, "there are no accounts of problems that may attract attention."

According to the Costa Rican exmandataria, what is most worrying is the diffusion of false news on social networks, a matter that has been recognized by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), which has also guaranteed that it is fighting the phenomenon.

"The impact of false news among the population not only affects candidates for the Presidency," he said, but it may even call into question "the credibility of the elections," said Chinchilla, who nevertheless said he fully trusted the work of the president. TSE.

He also highlighted the good functioning of the electronic ballot system used in Brazil, whose reliability has been questioned by Bolsonaro.

"We do not find any aspect so far that generates any suspicion about the possibility of violating the electronic voting system," said Chinchilla.

The OAS observer mission will present a first preliminary report on its work tomorrow and will remain in the country until the end of the month, if the results confirm today that the presidential elections will be defined in a second round, scheduled for October 28.


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