Election campaign for municipal polls begins in Brazil

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/8/17 9:01:45

The campaign for Brazilian municipal elections in October kicked off on Tuesday, as the country braces for elections for mayors and city councils in all its 5,568 municipalities.

The campaign will be the shortest for 18 years, lasting only 45 days as opposed to 90, after modifications passed by Congress in 2015.

Last year, during what was dubbed a "mini-electoral reform", legislators argued that reducing the campaign period would be cheaper for candidates and political parties.

These elections will be the first since the political crisis which saw the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff for alleged fiscal irregularities.

The last phase of her impeachment process will begin on Aug. 25 and conclude in early September, a month before Brazilians go to the polls.

Rousseff will be put on trial in the Senate and a two-thirds majority vote would see her permanently impeached.

The first round of the municipal elections will take place on Oct. 2.

On Tuesday, candidates can begin holding public events, distributing flyers and organizing rallies.

However, in another change passed by Congress, radio and television advertising will only be allowed from Aug. 26, just 35 days before the elections.

According to Brazil's Superior Electoral Court, 144 million Brazilians will be eligible to vote, ranging from Sao Paulo, with 8.8 million voters, to the town of Araguainha in the state of Mato Grosso, with just 954 voters.

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