This Tuesday, May 10, the Pact for Democracy – a coalition of 200 Brazilian civil society organizations, including Conectas Human Rights – published a manifesto in defense of the 2022 elections.
In the document, the Pact emphasizes the respect for the Brazilian electoral system around the world, in particular the electronic voting machines used in more than 40 other nations for carrying out all kinds of elections. According to the coalition, Jair Bolsonaro’s systematic attacks on democracy and the election process are inadmissible in a Democratic State under the Rule of Law.
As such, the manifesto condemns the anti-democratic discourse that attacks the work of the institutions responsible for the election process. In the document, the Pact calls on the National Congress and the Public Prosecutor’s Office to take a stand in defense of the legal process and the democratic regime.
They also request that the press and civil society promote free, fair and peaceful elections, with the guarantee that the results of the polls will be duly respected.
“Anyone who defends the curtailment of the work of democratic institutions, such as the Superior Electoral Court and the Supreme Court, disrespects the Constitution and the Democratic State under the Rule of Law, and acts against the interests of society,” said the organizations in the document.