Brasilia, Aug 29 (Prensa Latina) Political prisoner for 145 days today, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is in conditions to achieve historic victory in the first round of presidential elections scheduled for next October 7.


If elections were held today, the founder of the Workers’ Party (PT) would obtain about 54 million votes, which would be the highest number of votes in first round ever achieved for the Presidency of the Republic since the re-democratization of the country, highlighted portal

The election nearest to that number was held in 2010, when Dilma Rousseff obtained 47 million votes in the initial round of votes. After that comes Lula himself in 2006, when he was candidate for reelection and got the support of 46 million electors, detailed the website.

It also extolls that not only the North East gjarantees absolute leadership of former President in the surveys of vote intention, as he wins in all regions of the country and 23 of 27 federal territories, in four with a technical tie with the second best contender, extreme right candidatwe Jair Bolsonaro.

Data were revealed the eve and are the result of crossing surveys made between August 13 and 24, carried out by the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics (Ibope) and the Institute Datafolha of Minas Gerais.

In the North East, according to Ibope, Lula wins in all states: Piaui, Maranhao, Pernambuco, Paraíba, Ceará, Sergipe, Bahía, Alagoas and North Río Grande, obtaining today 22 million votes, almost 58 percent of the total of that region.

Another 19 million ballots in favor of PT’s historic leader would come from the South East (Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Espíritu Santo and Río de Janeiro), while in the North he woulsd lead in four states (Pará, Amazonas, Tocantins and Amapá), adding another five million votes.

With Lula’s victory in two of the three federative entities of the South (Rio Grande do Sul and Parana) he would get an andditional five million and a half votes, while another three million would come from the ballot boxes of the Center-West of the country, where the former president would win in three of the four states: Goias, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul. According to the last surveys made by Ibope, Lula has 37 percent of vote intention, double that of Bolsonaro (18) and the equivalent of the total sum of votes obtained by the next five contenders, including the former Army captain.

The survey revealed also that with the presence of the former Brazilian president, the percentage of null votes would be 16 percent, while if he were excluded from the elections, the percentage of null votes would go up to 29 percent.

Favorite candidate in all the enquiries on vote intention carried out until this date, Lula remains today 145 days as political prisoner in the Federal Police Superintendency (PF) in Curitiba, capital of the state of Parana.

Last August 17, the UN Committee of Human Rights demanded the Brazilian state that Lula be assured his political rights, including that of competing as presidential candidate in next October 7 elections.

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