Friday, December 09, 2022

Brazil’s last day of free election campaigning on radio and TV

Brazil's last day of free election campaigning on radio and TV

Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court (TSE) said today would be the last day of free radio and television campaigning for the second round of the referendum on Sunday.

The TSE’s official website indicates that, as of this Friday, with the exception of the Closing Act campaign, the promotion of public meetings or rallies and political dissemination through the use of stationary sound equipment, is prohibited between 08:00 and 24 hours. Which can be extended for two more hours.

The court specifies that the paid election disclosure officially ends at 10:00 p.m. local time on Saturday. Until the eve of the second round, the law also allows free streaming of content on the Internet.

As well as campaign events such as the distribution of stickers and other printed material, and the receipt of marches with the use of sound cars.

The measure also provides that activities will cease for 24 hours after Sunday’s trial ends.

Such rules are valid for all national locations, with the second round of voting on October 30.

According to an article in the court, it is an offense to use loudspeakers and sound amplifiers or to promote bullfights or caravans on the day of counting.

Violations will be punishable by detention ranging from six months to one year, with the option of providing services to the community for the same term and a fine that may reach approximately three thousand dollars.

The court specifies that it will be up to judges appointed by regional electoral courts to analyze claims about the location of elections and to adopt measures on the equitable distribution of premises to political parties, unions and alliances.

The Electoral Justice confirmed that former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the Workers’ Party candidate seeking his third term (2003–2011), won the first round on 2 October with 48.43 percent of the vote.

Far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro, who wants to be re-elected by the Liberal Party, had 43.20 percent, a much higher indicator than opinion polls predicted.

Both politicians would dispute the ballot, as they did not obtain an absolute majority in that first contest, that is, more than half the valid (except for blank and void votes), as established by national law, to be elected.

An investigation by the Datafolha Institute, published this Thursday, shows the former president has 53 percent of the valid votes for the referendum, against the former military man’s 47 percent.

By: Osvaldo Cardosa Samono

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