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Participation of the Armed Forces enabled the supplementary election in Amazonas

The new elections for governor and vice governor of Amazonas, held last August 6, were groundbreaking in the state. Until then, a supplementary election for the positions of governor e vice-governor had never been done in the history of Amazonas. The difficulties, however, for the realization of this new election demanded a long preparation for organizing and logistic support. There is no doubt, as informed by Justice Gilmar Mendes, that “Amazonas held the most difficult elections in the whole country”.

It took three days aboard boats, planes and helicopters to reach the more than 200 polling stations located in places of difficult access. About 30 locations are considered of extreme difficult access, such as the municipalities of Unucuritiba, Lábrea, Manicoré, among others, including the six sections of the Javari Valley, where we can find the most remote native land in Brazil. From the logistics aspect, the elections in Amazonas have always been complicated due to the state’s geography, affecting mainly the security aspect of the elections and the transportation of the electronic voting machines. The Sunday’s election involved a big headcount for security: about 3500 men from the Military Police, 3700 from the Army, 500 from the Navy, 400 from the Air force, 200 from the Civil Police and 150 from the Federal Police.

More than ten thousand civil servants from the Electoral Justice and from other bodies of the Public Security System of Amazonas, of the Armed Forces and of other federal, state and municipal bodies operated on election day on Sunday as a part of a Security Integrated Plan.

More than seven thousand voting machines were used. In the capital Manaus alone, 3473 electronic ballot boxes were designated. Since there will be a second round on 27th October, the equipment will be arriving at the locations of voting in the 24th.

The Army used three helicopters to transport the voting machines to the locations of difficult access in order to avoid election crimes and ensure the tranquility of the voting in 1508 locations. There was also monitoring through 284 cameras, most of them installed in Manaus.

According to the president of TSE, “without the Armed Forces, we would experience massive difficulties in holding and election with this strategy. It is  not only the logistics aspect, but also the security itself. Without this engagement we would have massive difficulties accomplishing this task.” The Justice emphasized “the Electoral Justice is a part of the “Brazil that works”.