Supreme Court rules out remote voting for congressional leadership election

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Brazilian Congress building. Photo: Rosalba Matta-Machado/Shutterstock

Supreme Court Justice Rosa Weber has denied a request by the Democratic Labor Party to allow remote voting sessions for the upcoming congressional leadership election for House Speaker and Senate President. 

In her decision, Justice Weber said the court does not have jurisdiction to rule on the matter, and that lawmakers should decide the appropriate voting system among themselves.

Among those in favor of remote voting is Congressman Baleia Rossi, the House Speaker candidate supported by incumbent Rodrigo Maia. His main adversary, Arthur Lira, is opposed. Both are counting on defections from the other’s camp in order to reach a majority and are unwilling to yield to any system that seems favorable to their opponent.

At least 102 of 513 representatives and 27 of 81 senators in Brazil have tested positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to a survey by news website Poder360.

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