According to an estimate made by a member of the commission that analyzes the proposal, at least 17 of the 34 voters are against changing the country’s voting system.
One of the main flags of the president Jair Bolsonaro, the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) of the printed vote faces resistance in Chamber of Deputies. On the eve of the vote on the deputy’s report Filipe Barros (PSL-PR), in a session scheduled for Monday, 5, parties closed an issue against the change in the country’s system and started to move to exchange members of the commission that analyzes the proposal, in order to reverse the majority in favor of the text proposed by the deputy Kicis Beer (PSL-DF).
On Saturday, 26, presidents of 11 parties, including parties that are part of the Bolsonaro government’s base in Congress, signed a commitment against the adoption of the so-called “auditable printed vote” – the leaders claim that the electoral system is reliable. Ciro Nogueira, from the PP; ACM Neto, from DEM; Valdemar Costa Neto, from PL; Marcos Pereira, from Republicans; Paulo Pereira da Silva, Paulinho da Força, from Solidariedade; Luciano Bivar, from PSL; Roberto Freire, from Citizenship; Whale Rossi, from the MDB; Gilberto Kassab, from the PSD; Bruno Araújo, from the PSDB; and Luís Tibé, from Avante.
After the meeting, the acronyms started to move to try to stop the advance of the PEC. On Thursday, 1st, MDB, PSD, PL, Patriota and PV exchanged commission members. Solidarity also indicated deputy Bosco Saraiva (AM), against changing the system to one of the 38 seats on the commission. According to an estimate made by a member of the collegiate, of the 34 voters, at least 17 are against the printed vote. Among the opposition parties, only the PDT, represented by deputies Pompeo de Mattos (RS) and Paulo Ramos (RJ), is in favor of the change.
In a statement, the leader of the PSDB in the Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo de Castro (MG), stated that the electronic ballot box is “reliable” and must be defended. “In relation to the voting system, counting and counting of votes, I reiterate the position already expressed by the PSDB and by 10 other parties from different ideological currents: I am in favor of maintaining the current model, through the electronic ballot box. It is evident that every system must always be improved, especially when it comes to something very valuable to Brazil, which is democracy. And today we have a reliable voting system, with its security attested countless times and which must be defended”, says the toucan. Despite the leader’s position, deputy Aécio Neves (PSDB-MG), head of the commission, is in favor of change. Candidate for the presidency defeated in 2014, the congressman contested the victory of Dilma Rousseff (PT) at the time.
The adoption of the printed vote is one of Bolsonaro’s main banners, who has stated, on more than one occasion, that there was fraud in the 2018 elections. However, he never presented any evidence. On June 21 of this year, the Inspector of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Minister Luís Felipe Salomão, gave 15 days for the head of the federal Executive to present evidence of the alleged irregularities. This Friday, the 2nd, however, in conversation with supporters, on the way out of the Palácio da Alvorada, the president of the Republic said that he does not have to present evidence “for anyone” and that he does so “if he wants to”. “I don’t have to present evidence to anyone. ‘You have to present proof’. I’ll do it if I want to,” he declared.