Brazil has already had two elections this year but a third one on Wednesday (15 November) was the only one in which the country's ordinary voters had a direct say in the outcome.
Brazil has already had two elections this year but a third one on Wednesday (15 November) was the only one in which the country's ordinary voters had a direct say in the outcome. They had a choice between the only two legal parties to elect a new 420 seat chamber of deputies and one-third of the 66-seat senate.
SYNOPSIS: Outgoing President Ernesto Geisel is one of the 46.8 million registered voters casting his ballot in the congressional election. But last January he was able to make a choice the other voters could not. President Geisel chose General Joao Baptista Figueiredo as his successor, a decision later confirmed by an electoral college dominated by the National Renewal alliance Party. State electoral colleges elected 22 governors and a third of the senate, but now it is the turn of the ordinary voter. Surveys suggested that the pro-government ARENA party would continue to keep control of the 420 seat Chamber of Deputies and the 67-seat Senate.
The only legal opposition party, the Brazilian Democratic Movement, campaigned on a platform of an end to arbitrary government authority, and a total amnesty for political prisoners and exiles. The ruling party promises gradual liberalisation.