Today the polls have opened in Brazil, which some would say is the most “polarized presidential fight” in recent years. Both leaders of the far-right and the far-left, Jair Bolsonaro ad Fernando Haddad, are ready to do whatever it takes to win this election. Jair even carries on campaigning for the election after being stabbed at a rally in September.
Over 150 million people are eligible to vote in this year’s election, to win, they will need over 75 million votes in their favor and if they fail a re-vote will occur in 3 weeks’ time, another 3 weeks of campaign trails, tv stunts and questionable democracy.
Bolsonaro is currently the predicted frontrunner for the presidential office, through key campaign points that resonate with the wider population of Brazil. The Manifesto puts reforms in crime and record high murder rates as some of its top priorities. However, to reform the civil services would require copious amounts of investment which could be a reason why there hasn’t been much previous reform. The services could possibly need restructuring, heavy investment and more police officers than in previous years and this money will need to be redirected from other areas of government. Where specifically will this money come from, and what form will it take to bring long lasting quantitative results, are still to be answered?
“We need to be really tough on crime to make criminals understand that they won’t enjoy impunity,” wrote Mr Bolsonaro on Twitter.
Mr Haddad tweeted: “I don’t believe in violence, in military dictatorship or the lack of liberty.”
Bolsonaro’s main rival, Worker’s Party, Fernando Haddad, is former Mayor of Sao Paulo and supported by former President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva, who was recently disqualified from running for re-election after being jailed for corruption.
Is Mr Haddad playing for the people or for the power?
However, hundreds of women marched the streets yesterday, calling out Mr Bolsonaro as sexist, racist and homophobic.
How will Mr Bolsonaro win the vote if half the population believe they are excluded from his manifesto?