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RIBEIRÃO PRETO, SP - Brazil has 5,570 municipalities, spread around 26 states. [The Federal District has no municipalities, only administrative divisions.] In thousands of cities and towns, some 33 political parties have now begun holdings conventions to choose their candidates for the November elections.

Municipal elections are held every four years, in the two-year intervals between state and federal elections. All elected municipal officials take office on January 1st and serve four-year terms.

In 2020, the first round of elections - delayed because of the pandemic - will be held Sunday, November 15th; the second round, where necessary (see . . .

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