When Brazilian voters head to the polls on October 7, they will face an unprecedented situation: two military presidential candidates on the same ballot – former Army Captain Jair Bolsonaro and Firefighter Cabo Daciolo (“cabo” means corporal, in Portuguese. In Brazil, the fire department is considered a branch of the military).
The last time the country had multiple military candidates for the presidency, there were no elections – it was during the military dictatorship.
Over 1,100 candidates this year have declared to be in the military (either in active service or retired) – more than ever before in absolute numbers. However, we can’t truly say that there is a wave of candidates in uniform, according to data from the Superior Electoral Court. Less than 1 candidate for every 24 politicians running for office – a rate that is not much bigger than in past elections.