More than 42 million boycott the electoral farce!

More than 42 million boycott the electoral farce!

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30% of the voters repudiate the false democracy and call for a new road

The electoral farce has failed and the biggest electoral boycott in the history of Brasil has showed up. The resounding rejection to the reactionary elections has reached , in the second round of the elections, nearly 42.3 million people who have not headed to the polls or have voted white or invalid ballot. This corresponds to 30% of those apt to vote, according to TSE’s evalutation. The first round of the election had already confirmed a boycott of 49 million people.


The figures are significant since in the 2014 elections characterized by AND as the “biggest boycott to the electoral farce in history so far”  the boycott had reached 38 million people.

Approximately 4 million more people have refused to support to new reactionary government. The electoral boycott has certainly been larger for the persons over eighteen years of age that had their document cancelled for not having participated in the electoral farce and did not legalize them in repudiation to the farcelike process – a situation in which there are a considerable amount of people.

To have an idea of the boycott’s dimension and people’s repudiatian to the electoral farce and the old regime, the fascist Jair Bolsonaro/PSL has received, in the first round of the election, only 33,4% of the ballots if considered all those apt to vote and not only the ‘valid votes’ ( he received 49 million votes in a total of the 147,3 million of Brazilians able to vote). On the second round of the election he was elected with just 38% out of the total, 57 million votes. Thus, nearly 90 million persons did not assert the candidate on the second round.

The boycott has expressed itself as well in the state elections for governors. In Rio de Janeiro approximately 4.7 million persons have boycotted the electoral farce process in the first round, the equivalent to 42% of the electorate. The first placed candidate, Romeu Zema ( Partido Novo) has accumulated only 26.2% votes (around 4 million) in the first round while in the second he had 6,9 million ( very near the electoral boycott that, in the second round, has reached 5.4 million).

In Rondonia, the first place for the state government, first round, Expedito Júnior/PSDB, has not even reached 20.5% of the electorate, while the boycott to the electoral farce reached 38%, equivalent to 409.4 thousand people, in a total of 1.1 million voters. In the second round, he lost to Marcos Rocha.

In Teresópolis, a town in Rio de Janeiro, there was only election for the local government. The result was a fiasco: more than 56.6% of the electorate did not attend or voted invalid or blank. The first place, Vinicius Claussen/PPS, had meager 18.6% of the total. Vinicius has received only 23.5 thousand votes out of a total of 125.9 thousand voters, while the boycott received 61.6 thousando out of the total.

Those data are from the Electoral Justice site.

The political meaning of such a historical result

The historic electoral boycott provided in the two rounds resulted as a hard blow in the false democracy and has opened up the fact that the people’s masses claim for a new society  and a new system out of the people’s struggle and other means, besides propelling the crisis within the ruling classes.

The electoral boycott promoted by several people’s movements has played an important role this year. The campaign has collected the insatisfaction and spontaneous rejection of the majority of the people to the electoral process and has politized it, reverting to the people the road to be followed: the Democratic Revolution.

The repudiation to the elections is not a result of ignorance, as some persons say, but wisdom. It means that the masses have understood that every two years the political agents of the great bourgeoisie and landownership, at the service of imperialism, sell them  illusions while, at the end, they step on their rights and repress violently their demands. And more: it means that the masses, in general, came to the conclusion that it is not possible to reach their goals through that road, but, conversely, it is only possible denying it.

The principal political meaning is like this: when 42 million people boycott the elections it is a demonstration that these persons in general want a new regime and they have already concluded to be impossible to reach it by a false democracy. The are awaiting a new way to guarantee their rights and their deeper aims.

“The boycott does not represent an attitude of conformism, nihilism or a display of alienation. The boycott is an active and conscious stance that denies not only the process itself but everything that serves as its basis. And such a negation brings with itself the affirmation of another express way, as for instance, with the slogans: “Election is farce, it does not change anything! The organized people will make the revolution!”, as Fausto Arruda substantiated in AND 139 – 2014.

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