Brazil With 27 governors and state legislatures set to vote today to choose their president, a third of federal senators and all members of the Chamber of Deputies. Incumbent far-right president in presidential race Jair Bolsonaro– Often called the ‘Trump of the Tropics’ – and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva are the two frontrunners to date.
The elections are being held at a time when Brazil’s economy is still grappling with the effects of the COVID pandemic triggered by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Here is everything you need to know about Brazil Elections 2022:
How do elections work in Brazil?
Voting is compulsory in Brazil for all literates and age groups between the ages of 18 and 70. People aged 16 to 17 years or above 70 years or who cannot read or write can cast their vote if they wish. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the votes in the presidential election, there will be a runoff on 30 October.
Who are the presidential candidates in Brazil?
Current President Jair Bolsonaro who took office in January 2019 after being a deputy for the state of Rio de Janeiro for 27 years is also contesting this time. During his tenure, Jair Bolsonaro cut taxes, increased support for the military, loosened gun ownership laws and weakened environmental regulations.
Former union leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is running for president for a sixth time and is said to be leading the pre-election elections. He was also the President of Brazil from 2003 to 2010.
What are the main issues in Brazil before the election?
Brazil has been badly hit by the COVID pandemic, with economic management being one of the key issues in these elections, apart from public health. The country is also in the midst of rising inflation due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.