Brasilia, October 28: 'Who will win the election' is a top searched question in Brazil where polling is underway for presidential election 2018 result. The most searched question is 'how to vote in the election'. Brazilians on Sunday will not only elect the country's next President but also governors for the next four years. In the presidential election, the contest is between far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro and Fernando Haddad, a leftist former Sao Paulo mayor.
While polling will end at 5 pm (1:30 am Monday), results of the presidential and legislative elections are expected four hours later. Brazilians seem eager to know the outcome even before the counting of votes as 'who will win the election' remained one of the most searched question in the country during polls. Another similar question among most searched is 'who is ahead in the 2018 elections'. Jair Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party has won the first round of the presidential election held earlier this month. Facebook Closes ‘spam’ Pages, Accounts Helping Brazil Presidential Candidate.
Bolsonaro was poised to win the second round of polls as well. He won the first round of the elections held on October 7 amid a field of 13 candidates. But he fell short of the 50 per cent needed to win outright and avoid a runoff against Haddad, from the Workers' Party. Bolsonaro has a history of homophobic, misogynistic and racist remarks, Aljazeera reported.
Bolsonaro once told a congresswoman that she did not deserve to be raped because she was "very ugly", Brazil's TV Globo reported. He also said publicly he'd prefer to see his son "die in an accident" than a member of his family be homosexual. He openly praises Brazil's military dictatorship, and has defended torture and extrajudicial police killings.
Meanwhile, Haddad became the default Workers' Party candidate after his running mate and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was barred from participating in the polls by the country's highest electoral court. da Silva had been leading in the polls despite being in jail since April, where he is serving a 12-year sentence for corruption and money laundering. He has denied the charges.