Brazilians are due to partake in presidential elections in the coming month. The elections have not been without problems, the country is currently facing corruption, scandals, a deep recession and rising violence.
Brazilians will head to the polls to vote for local and national representatives and government, on the 7 October. The second lap of the votes will be on the 28th of October where voters will vote between the top two presidential candidates to choose the President of the country.
A record of 13 Presidential Candidates have registered for this coming election. The 13 Presidential Candidates include the Former President Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, who is currenting serving 12 years prison sentence for corruption charges.
Jair Bolsonaro is another candidate, leader of the Social Liberty Party, who is known for his homophobic rants and verbal attacks on minorities on various occasions. Other candidates include Geraldo Alckmin, the former governor of Sao Paulo, former environment minister Marina Silva and the former governor of Ceara state, Ciro Gomes.
The 2018 election is expected to be highly contested and a close win for the candidate that comes victorious.
By: Ntsikelelo Kuse