SAO PAULO – The presidential candidate for the Brazilian right-wing Social Liberal Party, Jair Bolsonaro, urged voters on Friday to vote tactically in order to win the first round of the upcoming presidential elections.
In a Facebook live session, Bolsonaro, who is leading polls, said “My friends, we are going to avoid a runoff,” scheduled for Oct. 28 in case none of the candidates manage to get more than 50 percent of votes.
Bolsonaro, a former military officer who is currently recovering at home in Rio de Janeiro from a stabbing in September during a rally, called for the support of those who plan to vote for candidates who are unlikely to win in Sunday’s election.
“With all the respect I have for the other candidates, without mentioning names, there are good candidates (...) but to vote for them is to make us go to a runoff,” he said.
According to a latest survey released on Thursday, Bolsonaro is on course to secure 35 percent of votes, followed by the Workers’ Party Fernando Haddad, successor of the imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva, who is expected to get 22 percent.
If these forecasts prove to be accurate, Bolsonaro and Haddad would face off in a second vote.