Lacking Sufficient Signatures, Bolsonaro’s New Party Cannot Dispute October Elections

President Jair Bolsonaro and his supporters were unable to validate the required signatures to found the 'Aliança Pelo Brasil' (Alliance for Brazil) party in time for this year's municipal elections.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The first round of voting in municipal elections is scheduled for October 4th. The legal deadline for parties disputing these elections to be officially registered with the Electoral Court, expired last Saturday, April 4th. As a result, the newly formed Alliance for Brazil will not be able to run its own candidates.

The possibility of deferring the voting date due to the novel coronavirus pandemic is now under discussion; if the election were postponed, that would allow more time for the registration of the new party.

According to the party's secretary general, Admar Gonzaga, the . . .

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