More than half of Brazilians think Bolsonaro should be banned

51 percent of Brazilians believe that former President Jair Bolsonaro should be convicted for his campaign against electronic ballot boxes and stripped of the right to vote, according to a poll by the Datafolha institute, PL reports.

The study also shows that 45% of those surveyed, especially those from the richest segments of the population, believe that the electoral justice should free the ex-president of the far right movement to challenge lawsuits. Four percent chose not to answer.

New investigative reports released over the weekend show political disenfranchisement is the most appropriate punishment for Bolsonaro, who tried to discredit Brazil’s electoral system even before taking office in 2019.

In total, there are 16 cases against Bolsonaro in the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE), two of them for his attacks on the electoral process.

Two days before the end of his term in December 2022, the former army captain traveled to the United States (he stayed there for three months) and admitted that he could lose his eligibility upon his return to Brazil.

“The issue of the Supreme Electoral Court is dealt with by the lawyers of the (liberal) party. I don’t see materiality in anything. The strongest action against me is the meeting with the ambassadors in the middle of last year. I see no reason to consider myself unfit because of this,” Bolsonaro said in an interview with Jovem Pan.

This is a lawsuit filed by the Trabalhista Democratic Party in August 2022, in which it accuses the former paratrooper after the meeting of the then President (July 18) with ambassadors in the capital’s Palacio de la Alvorada, where he questioned the reliability of the voting machines.

The lawsuit alleges that Bolsonaro committed an administrative offense, foresaw election propaganda, abused political and economic power, and a crime against the Democratic State.

In front of some 40 foreign diplomats, he repeated baseless and already debunked allegations about electronic ballot boxes and the electoral process.

He based his speech on an investigation launched by the federal police in 2018 with the authorization of the Federal Supreme Court in connection with a hacker intrusion into the TSE system.

However, this court has repeatedly reported that this access is blocked and does not interfere with any result.

According to Datafolha, the defense of the punishment is greater among women and the poorest, while the men for and against the sentence are tied, and the richest are in favor of Bolsonaro’s release.

On March 29 and 30, the institute personally interviewed 2,028 people aged 16 and over in 126 municipalities of all regions.

The error of the study is estimated at two percentage points plus or minus.

Source: Juventud Rebelde

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