Brazil’s Armed Forces were not invited to a working group the Superior Electoral Court created on Thursday to fight political violence during this year’s elections. The group will have 45 days to submit a study with suggestions for “additional guidelines” for electoral courts to “fight political violence in the 2022 elections.”
The group will have 15 members, all of whom serve the Judiciary branch. No representatives of the Legislative or Executive branches were invited.
In September 2021, Justice Luís Roberto Barroso created a transparency committee during his spell as presiding justice of the electoral courts. The board includes a representative from the Armed Forces among its members, a move that has massively backfired — and served only to put the courts in a bind.
Defense Minister Paulo Sérgio Nogueira told a Senate committee last week that the Armed Forces will “go until the end” on what he called a “mission” to improve the transparency and safety of the upcoming election. In a separate meeting at the House, Mr. Nogueira said that military intelligence is “not concerned” with the possibility of an event similar to the January 6 Capitol invasion taking place in Brazil.
Electoral authorities say “13 letters have arrived with complaints of aggression against lawmakers and journalists in various locations across the country.”