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Sources say former appointee Bolsonaro takes on electoral role in Brazil

General Fernando Azevedo e Silva, future Defense Minister, is seen after meeting with Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro at the transitional government building in Brasilia
General Fernando Azevedo e Silva, future Defense Minister, is seen after meeting with Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro at the transitional government building in Brasilia, Brazil November 27, 2018. REUTERS / Adriano Machado / File Photo

December 15, 2021

By Ricardo Brito

BRASILIA (Reuters) – A former Brazilian defense minister appointed by President Jair Bolsonaro will serve as secretary general of the nation’s top electoral court in the October presidential election, two sources said.

While the position is largely administrative in nature, the appointment of General Fernando Azevedo came as Bolsonaro, lagging heavily in the polls, questioning the safety of the country’s electronic voting system. country and cast doubt on whether he would accept the results.

In his new position, Azevedo will oversee election-related contracts and will oversee the information technology department of federal election officials, which maintains Brazil’s electronic voting booths, sources said, who requested anonymity to discuss internal personnel matters.

Azevedo will not be a justice on the electoral court, referred to by the Portuguese acronym TSE, and his responsibility is not judicial in nature.

Bolsonaro had repeatedly called for earlier this year to adopt printed receipts that could be counted if any election results were disputed, a paper trail that would change the current completely electronic voting system. .

Bolsonaro has implied that he may not accept the results of next year’s presidential election if the system is not changed and he has accused the TSE of complicity in not supporting his proposed amendments.

In August, Bolsonaro’s attempt to change the current system was defeated in a congressional committee. His detractors point out that there is no evidence of fraud under Brazil’s current system.

Azevedo left the Ministry of Defense in March. Previously, he served as an advisor to Dias Toffoli, a jurist who at that time served as president of the Supreme Court of Brazil, known as the STF.

(Reporting by Ricardo Brito; Writing by Gram Slattery; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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