Brazil’s Bolsonaro is filing a complaint to protest the election results

Brazilian Jair Bolsonaro. EVARISTO SA/AFP via Getty Images

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has challenged some of the results of last month’s election, CNN Brasil reported Tuesday, filing a lawsuit in an electoral court to invalidate votes from some electronic voting machines.

The complaint alleges there were “irreparable irregularities” in the voting machines that had the potential to “darken” the election, which resulted in the victory of leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, CNN Brasil reported.

Brazil’s federal electoral court (TSE) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bolsonaro’s claim is unlikely to go far, as Lula’s victory was confirmed by the TSE and acknowledged by Brazil’s leading politicians and international allies, including the United States.

But it could fuel a small but determined protest movement that refuses to accept the result.

Bolsonaro’s right-wing electoral coalition, which complained, said an audit of vote counting found “irreparable … signs of malfunction” in the old voting machines.

Bolsonaro’s allies said in their complaint that several older models of voting machines “have serious signs of failure that create uncertainty and make it impossible to verify the results obtained.” As a result, they demanded that the votes of those models be “invalidated”.

Bolsonaro, a far-right ex-army captain, has for years made baseless claims that the country’s electronic voting system was rigged without providing any evidence.

Brazil’s currency deepened losses on news of an election complaint, losing 1.5% against the US dollar in midday trade.