Nov. 24 (UPI) — Brazil’s electoral court rejected outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro‘s election problem on Thursday and fined Bolsonaro’s social gathering for disputing final month’s runoff outcomes.
Alexandre de Moraes, a supreme court justice, fined Bolsonaro’s coalition $4.3 million for what the court referred to as bad faith litigation.
“The complete bad faith of the plaintiff’s bizarre and illicit request … was proven, both by the refusal to add to the initial petition and the total absence of any evidence of irregularities and the existence of a totally fraudulent narrative of the facts,” de Moraes wrote in his last resolution.
Bolsonaro had argued that various votes needs to be thrown out, citing a voting machine malfunction within the runoff election. Bolsonaro was defeated by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva by a slender 50.9% to 49.1% margin.
In his ruling Thursday, De Moraes stated the digital ballots had been “perfectly identifiable in a clear, secure and integral way.”
Bolsonaro was not alone in his opposition to the outcomes of the election. Protests of the outcomes have continued all through the nation for the reason that election.
“The current popular movements are the result of indignation and a feeling of injustice at how the electoral process took place,” Bolsonaro stated.
De Moraes blamed the protests on the election problem and ordered an investigation into the president of Bolsonaro’s social gathering, Valdemar Costa.
Bolsonaro has not conceded regardless of the nation’s electoral authority asserting the victory of Lula, and plenty of of Bolsonaro’s Liberal Party members accepting the outcome.
The present president, whose time period will finish on the finish of the 12 months, alleged a software program bug in digital voting machines ought to represent votes made on these machines being thrown out which might have given Bolsonaro 51% of the remaining votes, in accordance with Bloomberg.
The Liberal Party audited the machines in query and located that about 59% of them didn’t have a person identification quantity. It was not defined why this may invalidate any votes or show any susceptibility to fraud.
Lula, a leftist, might be sworn in as president on Jan. 1. His victory got here after neither candidate was in a position to earn a majority of the vote through the first spherical of voting in early October.