Bolsonaro Challenges Barroso and Says that If Congress Approves, 'We Will Have a Paper Ballot and That's It'

President of the Republic said that Supreme Minister presiding TSE 'knows nothing'


​In the habit of casting suspicions about the Brazilian electoral system without evidence, President Jair Bolsonaro used his weekly social media livestream this Thursday (10) to challenge the president of the TSE (Superior Electoral Court), justice Luís Roberto Barroso on the paper ballot.

"If Congress approves the printed vote, we will have elections with a paper ballot, period. This issue will no longer be discussed. Period," Bolsonaro said.

Justice Luís Roberto Barroso (Foto: Wallace Martins/Futura Press/Folhapress)

Congress is discussing a proposal for a constitutional amendment on this topic. In practice, it is not about voting on printed ballots, but about the printing on paper of proof of the votes cast in the electronic ballot boxes, which would be kept in the elections.'

A critic of the measure, Barroso, who is a minister of the STF, made the implementation conditional on the approval of parliamentarians and validation by the Supreme Court.

"Each one of us must respect the Constitution, respect the Brazilian Parliament, respect our decisions, respect your decisions as well, of the Judiciary. It's not getting involved in everything. 'Oh, if it's not judicialized, we'll comply.' Yes, we will comply!," affirmed Bolsonaro.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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