The SSuperior Federal Court (STF) ordered this Wednesday to investigate the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, for the crimes of slander and incitement to crime, in relation to their questioning without evidence of the electronic voting system.
The decision responds to a request made on Monday by the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), which also opened an investigation against the far-right president for his constant attacks on the legitimacy of the electronic voting system, going so far as to leave doubt about the holding of the presidential elections next year.
The research in which it has been included Bolsonaro started in 2019 limited to spreading fake news over the internet, but two months ago he began to focus on the possible existence of those who have been described as “undemocratic digital” groups, mostly from the extreme right that the president leads.
The order of the TSE It complements another decision of the electoral Justice itself, which decided to initiate an “administrative” process against the president after he even affirmed that if in 2022 the votes are not retaken by ballot papers, “there will be no elections.”
During the last weeks, Bolsonaro also affirmed almost daily that the president of the TSE, Luis Mudor, also a member of the Supreme Court, “conspires” to consummate a “fraud“in 2022 in favor of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who heads all the polls with 14 months to go before the elections.
The president reiterated those statements the day before and this Wednesday, in an interview with a radio in the interior of the country in which he came to raise “at the service of what interests Barroso is.”
Bolsonaro has even said that his “fight” is for the democracy and not against the electronic ballot box, but against Barroso himself, whom he has accused of trying to prevent a constitutional amendment proposed by the government to resume voting on ballots.
This initiative is pending in a commission of the Chamber of Deputies and he suggests that, in parallel to electronic voting, ballots should also be adopted so that the vote “is really auditable”, which in his opinion does not happen with the current system.
However, the electoral Justice itself has stressed that the entire electronic voting and counting process is “safe”, that it has not been the subject of a single fraud reporting since 1996, when it began to be used, and which is also monitored by all political parties and independent observers.