Report Brazil defense minister threatened 2022 vote sparks uproar. BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian politicians across the ideological spectrum expressed shock on Wednesday at an unconfirmed report in newspaper Estado de S.Paulo that the defense minister communicated to the speaker of the lower house that next year’s scheduled presidential election would not take place without printed ballots.
The report, which cited anonymous sources and which Reuters was unable to independently verify, comes after repeated public allegations by President Jair Bolsonaro that Brazil’s electronic voting system is vulnerable to fraud. He has provided no proof for those claims.
Estado de S. Paulo reported that Defense Minister Walter Braga Netto, an army general, delivered through an interlocutor a message to House Speaker Arthur Lira that the 2022 presidential election must use printed votes.
Both Lira and Braga Netto denied the report, calling it a “lie.”
Braga Netto,…