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Brazilians disenchantment with the political system: 17.5% abstention on Sunday's election

Wednesday, October 5th 2016 - 11:43 UTC
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“It's clear there is disenchantment with the political class as a whole,” Temer said adding the high abstention rate was a strong message to Brazilian politicians “It's clear there is disenchantment with the political class as a whole,” Temer said adding the high abstention rate was a strong message to Brazilian politicians
In Asunción, Temer said the “immense number of abstentions, blank votes and spoilt ballots” showed the pressing need for political reform in Brazil. In Asunción, Temer said the “immense number of abstentions, blank votes and spoilt ballots” showed the pressing need for political reform in Brazil.
The Petrobras scandal contributed to the removal at an impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff in August, ending the 13-year-rule of her Workers Party. The Petrobras scandal contributed to the removal at an impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff in August, ending the 13-year-rule of her Workers Party.

Brazilian President Michel Temer said on Monday the high abstention rate as well as the number of blank and spoiled ballots in local elections on the weekend signaled the disillusionment of Brazilians with their political system. Brazil's electoral authority, the TSE, said the abstention rate averaged 17.5% in Sunday's nationwide polls, up from 15.4% in the municipal elections in 2014.

 Brazilians are obliged by law to vote and can face a small fine unless they provide a satisfactory reason for not doing so.

“It's clear there is disenchantment with the political class as a whole,” Temer said during a visit to Argentina, adding the high abstention rate was a message to Brazilian politicians to change their ways.

At a later news conference in the Paraguayan capital, Asunción, Temer said the “immense number of abstentions, blank votes and spoilt ballots” showed the pressing need for political reform in Brazil. “We have 35 parties in Brazil, nearly all of them with candidates for mayor”.

About 50 politicians are under investigation in a sprawling corruption scandal that has shaken Brazil's political establishment and undermined the faith of Brazilians in their three-decade-old democracy.

The scandal surrounding state-run oil company Petrobras contributed to the removal at an impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff in August, ending the 13-year-rule of her Workers Party.

The leftist group suffered major setbacks in Sunday's vote for mayors and local council members across Brazil.

In Brazil's largest city, Sao Paulo, a bastion of anti-Rousseff sentiment, the abstention rate was 21.8%, and 11.5%t of the votes cast were spoiled and 5.3% were blank.

Temer said the victory in Sao Paulo of businessman Joao Doria, who campaigned saying he was a manager and not a politician, was a further indication that voters were unhappy.

In Rio de Janeiro, the country's second largest city, where Temer's Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, or PMDB, was badly beaten on Sunday, the abstention rate was even higher at 24.3%, while voters spoiled 12.7% of the ballots and left 5% blank, according to the TSE.

New parties, however, have so far not capitalized on voter disenchantment with a corruption-tainted political establishment.

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  • Pytangua

    The usual arrogance of the Anglo London metro elite - I wonder whether readers know what the average abstention rate is for English local government over the past decades - 66%!! In other words only one-third of the electorate bother to vote. Surely this is strong evidence of rather more “disenchantment with the political system” in UK than in Brazil. But the London metro elite are immune to any criticism of our sclerotic democracy and continue to paint it in Latin America as the paragon of democratic virtue - frankly it's a pack 0f lies.

    Oct 05th, 2016 - 04:33 pm 0
  • Jack Bauer

    @1 Pytangua
    “I wonder whether readers know what the average abstention rate is for English local government over the past decades - 66%!! ”

    Considering that voting in Brazil is compulsory, and in the UK it is not, the comparison makes little sense. If Brazilians weren't obliged to vote, the abstention rate would probably be much the same. The reason being that the average candidate isn't even in the slightest qualified to run for public office, and as a result the 'people' are fed up with having to vote for crap.

    Oct 05th, 2016 - 06:25 pm 0
  • ChrisR

    @ 1 Hepatitis

    Trying to mask your true identity I see, or are you the really dumb sister to the dumb Hepatitis?

    Your comment is truly laughable as to the depth of your ignorance.

    Oct 05th, 2016 - 06:35 pm 0
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