The Supreme Electoral Court in Brazil has dismissed a complaint by the party of President Jair Bolsonaro against the election results and imposed a large fine. The Liberal Party (PL) has not presented any evidence of alleged malfunctions in hundreds of thousands of voting machines, court president Alexandre de Moraes said on Wednesday. He therefore refused to check the votes cast with these voting machines.
The court president accused Bolsonaro's party of "malice" and fined the party the equivalent of more than four million euros.
The left-leaning ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva narrowly won the presidential election against Bolsonaro three weeks ago. Lula got 50.9 percent of the vote in the runoff, Bolsonaro 49.1 percent. The PL had calculated that if the votes from the offending voting machines were annulled, Bolsonaro would get 51.05 percent and would still be the election winner.
Bolsonaro initially did not comment on his defeat after the election. Only two days later did the right-wing extremist signal his willingness for a peaceful handover of power to Lula, without explicitly admitting his defeat.