Rio de Janeiro, 2 October 2022 (dpa/MIA) — After a heated election campaign, Brazilians head to the polls on Sunday to elect a new president.
Right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro faces a challenge from left-wing former president (2003-2010) Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Lula is clearly ahead in the polls. But Bolsonaro has cast doubts on the electoral system in advance and indicated that he might not recognize the result.
The election has divided Latin America’s largest economy.
Lula has accused Bolsonaro of “genocide” because of his hesitant coronavirus policy, while Bolsonaro calls Lula a “thief” as the former president has been convicted for corruption and spent time in prison.
At least three Lula supporters have been killed by suspected Bolsonaro supporters in recent months. The incumbent’s supporters have repeatedly openly called for a military coup.
More than 156 million people are eligible to vote in Sunday’s presidential election.
MPs, senators and governors are also being elected. Voting is compulsory.
If none of the presidential candidates receive more than 50% of the votes in the first ballot, the two strongest candidates will meet in a run-off on October 30.