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Brazil holds the second round of municipal elections, voters wear masks to enter polling stations

Brazil holds the second round of municipal elections, voters wear masks to enter polling stations

The second round of municipal elections in Brazil was held on November 29, local time. According to the Brazilian Constitution, a city with more than 200,000 voters will hold a second round of voting if no candidate for mayor obtains more than half of the valid votes in the first round of voting.

This year, there are 95 cities in Brazil with more than 200,000 voters. After the first round of voting on November 15, 57 cities, including the capitals of 18 states including Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, need to be selected through the second round of voting. mayor.

Considering that this year’s municipal elections were held in the context of Coronavirus pandemic, the second round of municipal elections held on the 29th was the same as the first round of voting.

The voting time was 1 hour earlier than previous years, starting at 7 am and 5 pm End. 7 am to 10 am is the priority voting time for people over 60, police, and medical staff.

In order to avoid cross-contagion, this year’s election vote cancelled the previous procedure of using biometrics to verify voters’ fingerprints. Election staff only checked the valid identity documents of voters and encouraged voters to bring their own signature pens.

In addition, according to the regulations of Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court, voters can only enter polling stations when they wear masks. In addition to masks, the staff in the polling stations must also wear protective face masks.

However, according to local media reports, after the start of voting on the day Many election workers in polling stations across Brazil did not wear protective masks.

In addition, in order to ensure the smooth progress of the voting on the same day and prevent the acts of bribery outside the polling station that occurred during the first round of voting, and deliberate damage to the electronic vote counting equipment, on the 29th, Brazil dispatched more than 65,000 civilian and military police at the polling places. Maintain order nearby. 

As of 11 a.m. that day, the police had arrested 18 suspects related to the election and replaced 194 damaged electronic ballot boxes. 

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