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Less than a Month Before Brazil Elections There’s a Tie Between Two Leading Candidates

Presidential candidates Dilma Rousseff, Marina Silva and Aécio NevesA poll whose results were released on Wednesday, September 10, reports Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (of the Workers’ Party, PT), who aims to be re-elected, to have 36% of voter support, and her fellow contender Marina Silva (of the Brazilian Socialist Party, PSB) with 33%. 

As for the third place, Aécio Neves (a member of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, PSDB) is seen with 15%. The eight remaining competitors running for presidency were seen with 1% or less.

According to the survey, in the event of a second-round runoff with Rousseff facing Silva, the latter would reach 43%, and the former 43%. As for a duel between Rousseff and Neves, the incumbent would come out victorious, with 49% against 38%.

In a possible matchup between Silva and Neves, the candidate from PSB would win, with 54%, compared to her rival’s 30%.

As regards rejection from the electorate, Rousseff was reported to have a 33% rate, Neves 23%, and Silva 18%. Also, Rousseff’s administration was considered great or good by 36% of the respondents, and ok by 38%. Her government is regarded as bad or terrible by 24%.

The survey was commissioned by the newspaper Folha de S. Paulo and Globo Comunicações.

Voting Machines

The Regional Electoral Court from Brazil’s Federal District (TRE-DF in the Portuguese acronym) is preparing and sealing voting machines to be used in the casting of ballots abroad. A total of 919 voting machines will be sent to 134 locations in 96 countries.

The voting process abroad is organized by the TRE-DF, with the support of consulates or diplomatic missions from each country. “We enter the data of the voters of each location, of the candidates for president, we register the voting machines, run all the tests and pack them. The audit team checks them, the voting machine is stored and remains on standby for the transportation company,” explained the chief of the Section of Support to the Elections, Andrey Bernardes.

The transportation is managed by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations and the voting machines are sent with a system set for the two rounds of the election. All the security procedures follow the same standards applied in Brazil, both for transportation and for the election day, according to Bernardes.

He said shipment to three places had to be canceled due to logistic difficulties in countries in conflict in Middle East and public health problems, as is the case with the ebola outbreak in East Africa.

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