FACT CHECK: Did Jair Bolsonaro Announce Military Would Audit The Brazilian Presidential Election?
A post shared on Facebook claims Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro would announce the military would audit the country’s presidential election.
While the Defense Ministry reviewed voting machines in the earlier presidential election, Bolsonaro did not make any announcements that the military would audit the runoff election.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former president of Brazil, defeated Bolsonaro in a close election, according to BBC News. Supporters of Bolsonaro called for military intervention despite the president seemingly accepting his election loss, CBS News reported.
The Facebook post claims Bolsonaro would announce that the military would audit the Brazilian presidential election. “MILITARY AUDIT HAS BEEN ODERED IN BRAZIL. IT STARTS,” the post’s caption reads in part.
While the Brazilian Defense Ministry did conduct a review of the election system, it has not released its results, according to an Oct. 11 report from Reuters. There is no evidence suggesting the president has called on the military or ordered an audit of the election. If Bolsonaro had made such a move, credible media outlets would have covered it, yet none have. (RELATED: Does This Video Show Brazilian Trucks Supporting The Canadian ‘Freedom Convoy’?)
The rumor appears to stem from a Nov. 1 article from The Gateway Pundit, which claimed a presser that evening would result in a military audit and the arrest of judges in the country.
Bolsonaro did not make any announcements that the military would audit the election in his Nov. 1 remarks. While he did not concede the election, he stated he would follow the Brazilian constitution and called for demonstrations to remain peaceful, according to PBS. Ciro Nogueira, Bolsonaro’s chief of staff, stated that the transition of power to Lula would begin, The New York Times reported.
The Accounts Court conducted an audit of voting machines and results and did not find any discrepancies, according to Brazil Report. Bolsonaro reportedly told Brazilian Supreme Court justices that the election was “over” and that they should “look ahead.” Bolsonaro previously spread unfounded claims of voter fraud before the election, The New York Times reported.
Claims of election fraud have also appeared in the U.S. before the 2022 midterms. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim suggesting “no court” in the country considered evidence of election fraud during the 2020 Presidential election.