Sunday, 5 October 2014

Brazil election: Brazil to elect president after dramatic campaign

More than 142 million Brazilian voters are due to go to the polls to choose the country's next president, following a dramatic election campaign.
Early on, incumbent Dilma Rousseff had been expected to win outright.
However, the death of one of the main candidates and the popularity of his replacement, environmentalist Marina Silva, means the vote is now likely go to a second round.
Ms Rousseff's other main rival is Aecio Neves, a centrist, pro-business figure.
Voting starts at 0800 (11:00 GMT) and voters will also select a federal parliament and state governors.
Mr Neves was narrowly ahead of Ms Silva, according to several opinion polls published on Saturday, which all put Ms Rousseff in a commanding lead with about 45%.
Brazil's voting system is all electronic and is likely to deliver a result within an hour or two of polls closing at 22:00GMT.
On the eve of the vote, the Superior Electoral Court moved to dismissed reports that the system was vulnerable to hacking, saying it was "fraud-proof", despite frequent attempts to hack into the ballots.
Voting machines in Brazil, 24 Sep 14 More than 530,000 voting machines will be used across the country.
During Ms Rousseff's tenure as president, unemployment has been lower than under any of her predecessors, at about 5%. The minimum wage has risen and the number of undernourished Brazilians has been falling.
But the past 18 months have been marred by recession and corruption scandals, and protests over poor public services and the World Cup costs.
Despite widespread dissatisfaction with Ms Rousseff's centre-left Workers' Party (PT), polls early in the campaign suggested she was well ahead of her leading rivals - who were then Mr Neves and Socialist Eduardo Campos.
But then Mr Campos died in a plane crash and his replacement, Ms Silva, emerged as a surprisingly strong contender.
Protesters blocking an access to the Arena Fonte Nova Stadium in Salvador Last year, thousands of Brazilians protested at what they said was excessive spending on the World Cup
However, the former minister and environmental campaigner has lost ground in recent days.
Most analysts expect no clear winner to emerge in the first round. This mean the top two candidates are likely to face each other in a second round on 26 October.