The Liberal Party standard bearer exercised his right to vote at a polling station in the Military Village of Rio de Janeiro, where he declared to journalists that ‘we are calm (…) in the first round, the elections will be decided today’.
When asked if he would recognize the results in case of failure, he was silent and only answered that he will win with more than 60 percent of the votes. Bolsonaro’s reaction in case of a defeat is worrying, as he recently warned that he would not accept the result if he does not win and would blame the defeat on ‘something abnormal’ that happened at the Superior Electoral Court.
Eleven presidential candidates will participate in the elections and according to the national legislation, in order to be elected, a candidate must obtain an absolute majority of votes, that is to say, more than half of the valid votes (excluding blank and null votes).
If none of the candidates meets this criterion, a second round will be held, scheduled for October 30.
Former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, standard bearer of the Workers’ Party, is the favorite to win this Sunday’s consultation, according to the results of all opinion polls.