Friday, May 20, 2022

Bolsonaro Investigated For Attacking The Electoral System

A court asks to include the Brazilian leader in a criminal proceeding investigating the dissemination of false news. Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court (TSE) on Monday opened an administrative investigation against President Jair Bolsonaro for his defamation campaign against the electronic voting system and asked the Brazilian Supreme Court to include him in another process on the dissemination of false news.

The TSE plenary unanimously approved to request the Supreme Court to include the president in an already ongoing criminal proceeding investigating the dissemination of false news against democratic institutions through social networks.

In the document sent to the Supreme, the president of the TSE, Judge Luis Roberto Barroso, specifically requested “the investigation of a possible criminal conduct” of the head of state during his last Thursday live broadcast on the Internet, in which he harshly attacked the electoral authorities and the legitimacy of the current electronic voting system.

On the other hand, the TSE decided, also unanimously, to open on its own an “administrative investigation” for the same matter, and that ultimately could serve as a basis to challenge an eventual candidacy of Bolsonaro for 2022, according to legal specialists.

Bolsonaro has in recent weeks redoubled his offensive against electronic ballot boxes, which he considers a source of “fraud”, and is pushing for Congress to approve a constitutional amendment to reintroduce paper voting as a complement to the current system, which has been in place since 1996.