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Brazil: Polling stations close, electoral count starts off

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Brazil: Polling stations close, electoral count starts off

Brasilia, Oct 2 (Prensa Latina) Polling stations closed on Sunday following a historic electoral race to which over 156 million voters were called to elect soon-to-be Brazilian president for 2023-2027 period.

Vice-President, governors and vice-governors of states and Federal District (DF); senators, federal deputies and state legislators were also elected.

According to the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), despite official closing time (17:00 p.m., local time in Brasilia), people still standing in line at polling stations will be able to remain there to cast their vote.

Former Governor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, representative for Workers’ Party (PT), and the ultra-right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who is seeking to be re-elected, were main candidates at the polls in the voting day.

If none of candidates (11) reaches more than half of the valid votes, the two most voted will have to face each other in a run-off slated for coming October 30.

The voting, which was open in the country´s 26 states and Mexico City, was carried out in 5,570 cities and in 181 locations abroad.

Nearly 1.8 million Brazilians working at polling stations and over 29.002 candidates.

Voting was mandatory for people over 18 years of age, and optional for illiterate people, people over 70 years of age and people aged 16 and 17.

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