As the final numbers from voting stations are consolidated, we can now definitively call the legislative races for both the national Congress and state legislatures. The results show that 67 military candidates – members of the Armed Forces, military police or firefighters, either retired or in active service – won their elections and will occupy seats in parliament. In 2014, that number amounted to only 18.
This number is based on the professions declared by each candidate upon registering with the electoral courts, as well as their nom de guerre. The number could be even higher, as some retired officers did not list their military professions or use any reference to the military in their candidacies, meaning they could slip through the net.