In Brazil, the second round of elections will be held today, which will determine the future president of the country for the next four years. Polling stations will be open mostly from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. local time, with slightly different polling station hours in several cities around the country.
Brazilians will have to decide which of the candidates – incumbent Jair Bolsonaro or opposition candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva – will take the post. In the first round, none of the candidates managed to overcome the threshold of 50% plus one vote. Bolsonaro represents the right, and Lula da Silva represents the left.
According to the results of the first round held on October 2, Brazilians gave 43.2% of the votes to the current president of the country, Bolsonaro, and 48.4% to Lula da Silva, the former president of the country, who was remembered by Brazilians for successful socio-economic reforms in the early and mid-2000s.
Lula da Silva said before the second round that if he were to win the election, he would not seek re-election in the next vote in 2026.
According to a poll conducted a week before the second round by Globo, Lula da Silva could get 50% and Bolsonaro 43%. Two weeks before the election, the poll showed roughly the same results.
13 parties in the country announced support for Lula da Silva’s candidacy, three parties supported Bolsonaro, and another five parties announced neutrality. In addition, on Sunday, residents of 12 states will also have to elect governors, since none of the candidates received enough votes in the first round.
We are talking about states such as Alagoas, Amazonas, Bahia, Espirito Santo, Mato Grosso do Sul, Paraiba, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Sul, Rondonia, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo, and Sergipe.