The presidential, legislative and regional elections in Brazil have closed and the first results have already begun to be disseminated. With 0.11% of the votes counted, Lula obtained 49.5% of the votes, Bolsonaro 38.44%. However, it is still too early to know if there will be a second round of elections, scheduled for October 30.
According to the authorities, the day ends calmly and without major incidents. The information gains dimension if one takes into account that the 2022 elections are the most polarized since Brazil regained democracy in 1985. The campaign, in fact, has been characterized by a climate of tension between the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvathe great favorite in the voting intention polls, and the current president, Jair Bolsonarowho is seeking re-election.
The polarization between the main candidates extended to their supporters, with some cases of attacks and deaths motivated by political arguments in recent days.
On this day, which began at 08:00 local time (11:00 GMT) and ended at 17:00 (20:00 GMT), some 156.4 million voters were called to elect the president, the 27 governors, the 513 deputies, to a third of the Senate and to renew the representatives in the regional legislative assemblies.
Once the polling stations close throughout the country, which for the first time will take place on a unified schedule, the TSE will begin to disseminate the first bulletins with official results.