Bolsonaro lost a runoff vote to a leftist rival last month. Luiz Inacio Lola da Silvapopularly known as “Lola”, is scheduled to be inaugurated as president on January 1.
Bolsonaro has since been reluctant to admit outright that he has lost, but has previously said that he will “continue to fulfill all the dictates of the constitution” – which observers believe is his way to power. Will assist in the transition.
But in a petition filed on Tuesday, Bolsonaro and the leader of his right-wing Liberal Party alleged that some voting machines had malfunctioned and that any votes cast by them should be invalidated.
Citing an analysis by a company hired by Bolsonaro’s party, the complaint claims removing those votes would have given Bolsonaro a win.
Responding to Bolsonaro’s request, election officials said that since the same voting machines were used in the first round of the election, Bolsonaro and his party should amend their complaint to include the results. The process could go through the courts, CNN Brazil affiliate reported.
Supreme Electoral Court Chief Justice Alexander Morris has given Bolsonaro and his petitioners 24 hours to amend their submissions.
Last month’s hotly contested election took place amid a tense and polarized political environment in Brazil, which is struggling with high inflation, limited growth and rising poverty.
Lula da Silva won more than 60 million votes – according to final figures from the election authority – the most in Brazil’s history and breaking her own record from 2006.