RIO DE JANEIRO ( Associated Press) — Brazil’s defense ministry released a report Wednesday that highlighted flaws in the country’s electoral systems and proposed reforms, but dismissed allegations of fraud leveled by some supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro. There was nothing to prove to those who opposed his defeat. Second round of presidential election on 30 October
It was the first public remark by the armed forces in the second round of the election, which has sparked nationwide protests even as the transition to the swearing-in of President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on January 1 began. ,
Thousands gathered outside military installations in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Brasilia and other cities to demand the intervention of the armed forces to keep Bolsonaro in office.
When the Defense Ministry announced this week that it would present its report on the elections, some of Bolsonaro’s supporters celebrated, anticipating the imminent revelation of hard evidence. It did not happen.
“There is nothing surprising in the document,” said Diego Aranha, assistant professor of systems security at Denmark’s Aarhus University, who has been a member of the Brazilian electoral authority’s public security trials. “The limitations that were found are what some analysts have been complaining about for decades … but this does not point to evidence of wrongdoing,” he said.
Defense Minister Paulo Nogueira wrote that it is “not possible to say” with certainty that the computerized vote tabulation system has not been infiltrated by malicious code, but the 65-page report found no discrepancy in vote counts. However, based on the potential risk, the report suggests the creation of a commission composed of members of civil society and auditing bodies to examine the operation of electronic voting machines.
Bolsonaro, whose defeat was less than two percentage points, the narrowest margin since Brazil’s return to democracy in 1985, has not condemned specific wrongdoing since the election.
Bridi reported from Brasilia.
Associated Press writers Juan Arrez and David Biller in Rio de Janeiro contributed to this report.