Preparations in Brazil are well under way for the national elections on November 15 when the country's 53 million voters go to the poll.
GV PAN Opposition party PMDB march through Ipanema
SV Opposition party supporter in campaign dress
GV Supporters on motorcycles with posters
GV Rally supporters with leaflets and placards on march (2 shots)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Samba band
SV More supporters
SV Senate candidates Rafael Almeida Magalhes and Artur da Tavola speaking to supporters; SCU governor candidate Miro Teixeira (4 shots)
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Background: Preparations in Brazil are well under way for the national elections on November 15 when the country's 53 million voters go to the poll. But a virtual ban placed on television and radio campaigning by the country's soldier-President, General Joao Figueiredo, has helped turn the affair into a war of posters. The main opposition group, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) was quick to exploit the ruling and one result is that many areas are plastered with slogans. Ipanema for example, one of Rio de Janiero's most affluent suburbs, is no exception. Supporters of the PMDB war posters, paste them on their motorcycles, or simply march through the streets, turning areas into a sea of placards. And where posters will not stick, party workers paint their slogans, on derelict buildings, cemetery walls, even kerb stones. Voting is compulsory and the ruling Social Democratic Party (PDS) is hoping its candidates will sweep back into power. However the all important post of president will not be contested until 1985. Opposition figures such as Rafael Almeida Magalhaes and Artur da Tavola hope to be elected to the Senate; while Miro Teixeira is hoping to secure one of the country's 23 governorships.