Not So Straight Ticket

    Not So

    It’s election time in Brazil and it is politics as usual,
    Brazilian-style, gravitating around the same old big-name honchos. There is the habitual
    lack of party loyalty and alliances and coalitions are based in personal interests rather
    than national ones. In Brazil, politics are often focused on personalities rather than
    policies, but the populace seems to believe that time and continuity are key to the
    consolidation of the economic reforms implemented by President Fernando Henrique Cardoso
    during his first term.
    By Marta Alvim

    On October 4, some 100 million Brazilians (out of 106,076,088 voters) will be going to
    the polls to cast their ballot for Brazil’s next President, senators, House
    representatives, assemblymen and state governors. The novelty in this year’s election is
    that a constitutional amendment passed by the Congress in 1997 has allowed the President
    and state governors to seek reelection after their first four-year term, which had
    previously been barred by the constitution.

    Apart from those amendments, the pre-election season is politics as usual,
    Brazilian-style, based around the same old caciques (literally, Indian chiefs;
    figuratively, political bosses), lack of party loyalty and with numerous alliances and
    coalitions stemming from regional and personal interests rather than national ones.

    The lack of new political leadership becomes evident to most people upon looking at the
    list of candidates for state governors: Paulo Maluf (São Paulo), Miguel Arraes
    (Pernambuco), Amazonino Mendes (Amazonas), Itamar Franco (Minas Gerais), just to name a
    few. They all have been in politics for decades.

    The same lack of leadership is evident in the presidential candidates, with the
    exception of PPS’ (Partido Popular Socialista—People’s Socialist Party) Ciro Gomes,
    formerly affiliated to the government party PSDB (Partido da Social Democracia
    Brasileira—Brazilian Social Democracy Party). Although without any real chance of
    winning the race, Gomes is what analysts call a "charismatic leader", who
    occasionally turns up in the political scene. While some new candidates manage to
    consolidate their leadership as Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva did in the 1980s, others come
    and go, like Fernando Collor de Mello who won the 1989 elections under the banner of the
    obscure National Reconstruction Party (PRN), and was later impeached.

    On the other hand, more than 40% of a total of 513 House representatives have changed
    parties since 1995. The party switching is not limited to the House of Representatives,
    though. Very few Brazilian politicians have remained loyal to their original parties, but
    even those who have done so cannot survive in Brazil’s political arena without party
    associations, which vary according to convenience and circumstances.

    Lula, presidential candidate of the PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores—Workers’ Party),
    is a case in point. His alliance with PDT’s (Democratic Labor Party) Leonel Brizola
    (Lula’s running mate in next month’s election) would have been unthinkable just a few
    years ago. The bitter verbal exchanges between the former political adversaries were
    infamous all over the country, when they were rivals for the presidency in 1989.
    "Governor Brizola would step on his mother’s neck to become President", said
    Lula, back in 1985. Four years later, Brizola counterattacked with one of his many
    sarcastic comments about Lula: "Politics is the art of engolir sapos
    (literally, to eat frogs; figuratively, to swallow an insult). Wouldn’t it be fascinating
    to make the Brazilian elite swallow Lula, the bearded frog?"

    President Fernando Henrique Cardoso (FHC) himself was entangled in a web of alliances
    and party coalitions even before the reelection amendment was passed. In order to secure
    the 308 votes needed to amend the constitution, Cardoso had to muster all his charm and
    political sagacity by striking a series of compromises with different interest groups.

    Unfazed by the all too familiar political bargaining that keeps the wheels of Congress
    in motion, a majority of Brazilians have nonetheless embraced the reelection project. In
    Brazil, politics are often focused on personalities rather than policies, but the populace
    seems to believe that time and continuity are key to the consolidation of the economic
    reforms implemented by Cardoso during his first term.

    The Polls

    As of August 11, Brazil’s major polling institutes indicate that the incumbent
    President is leading the polls by a wide margin. According to a survey conducted by the
    Vox Populi institute for the media conglomerate Diários Associados between August 9 and
    11, FHC would win with 44% of the votes if the election were to take place during that
    period. That represents approximately 44 million votes, and it means that Cardoso may
    repeat his winning performance of the 1994 election, when he also received 44% of the
    total votes in the first round. Moreover, 68% of the voters polled—even those who
    would not vote for FHC—believe that he will be reelected.

    These last numbers also show that Cardoso is up three percentage points relative to the
    polls conducted between July 19 and 21, which confirms that the President has in fact
    rebounded from his poor performance in the May and June polls. At that time, Cardoso’s
    popularity declined to the worst levels since the beginning of his administration.

    The perception among Brazilians was that the government seemed unable to deal with some
    pressing issues, such as the Northeast drought and the nationwide strike that was led by
    Brazilian university professors. To make matters worst, the President called those who had
    retired before the age of fifty "bums", and thus managed to insult roughly 50
    million people legally retired under the present legislation. The well-publicized
    "bums" attack was so damaging to Cardoso that he was forced to go on national
    television and make a veiled retraction.

    In the meantime, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, FHC’s closest adversary, has won 23% of
    the voters according to the Vox Populi institute. Within the survey’s margin of error of
    plus or minus 4%, Lula has dropped one percentage point in the polls since July. His best
    performance was registered in June, when he had 30% of the electorate’s preference, and
    was then technically tied with FHC.

    Lula’s inability to reverse the electorate’s rejection of his third presidential bid
    can be partially attributed to Brazilians’ ingrained perception that the left-wing
    candidate advocates a radical new order calling for greater state intervention on all
    levels of society. PT’s critics argue that the Workers’ Party has become hostage of its
    old nationalistic rhetoric based on 1950s’ concepts. A recent public statement by Leonel
    Brizola, vowing to reverse all the privatization deals enacted thus far added to the
    stridence of that criticism. Brizola’s unfortunate remark forced Lula to go to the media
    and to diplomatically contradict his running mate.

    It is still possible that the opposition’s performance in the polls may improve with
    the beginning of the campaign broadcast on national radio and TV. However, even in the
    event of a run-off election (scheduled for October 25) FHC would still defeat Lula by 53%
    to 32% according to the analysts.

    Surveys conducted by IBOPE and by Datafolha also confirm FHC’s leadership in the polls
    and Lula’s decline in the voters’ preference. Candidates Ciro Gomes and Enéas Carneiro
    remain in third and fourth place respectively.


    Since August 18, Brazilian TV and radio stations have started daily broadcasts of the
    mandatory election programs and its parade of self-promoting candidates trying to sell
    themselves to the electorate. The broadcasts, which air at pre-determined times in the
    morning, afternoon and in the evening, will continue until October 1, three days before
    the election.

    From 1976 to 1982, the participation of candidates in this type of program was greatly
    restricted by the so-called Lei Falcão (Falcão Law), which determined what could and
    could not be shown in the broadcasts. Basically, the candidates were limited to showing a
    stationary picture on the screen, while a background narrator’s voice read the candidates’
    résumés. Since the reversal of Lei Falcão, electoral programs have become increasingly
    more inventive and more expensive.

    The present electoral legislation regulates TV and radio campaign broadcasts by
    distributing of airtime to each party as follows: one third of all available air time is
    divided evenly among the parties, while two thirds is divided up according to each party’s
    number of House representatives at the time the legislation was implemented. Therefore,
    the larger the party coalition (which is not prohibited by law), the longer the airtime.

    Cardoso’s PSDB alliance with PFL (Liberal Front Party) and PMDB (Brazilian Democratic
    Movement Party)—the two parties with most seats in the House of
    Representatives—has given the coalition’s candidates over 20 minutes of air time,
    twice as much the PT/PDT coalition time. FHC alone had 11 minutes for himself in his first
    TV appearance.

    Whereas the President spent most of his air time talking to an interviewer talk-show
    style and reflecting on the achievements of his administrations, Lula focused on
    "chatting" with the viewers and appealing to their emotions. He talked about his
    dreams for Brazil—a country with no hunger and zero illiteracy—and he launched
    the theme of the color white as the symbolic color of his campaign, a surprising departure
    from the traditional red used by the Workers’ Party.

    Ciro Gomes, alleging that the Real plan has lost its original purpose, was unaffected
    and articulate; an angry Enéas Carneiro, of PRONA (Party for the National Order
    Re-edification) amused the viewers with promises of manufacturing an atomic bomb. The
    other Presidential candidates, also with very limited airtime, tried to appeal to the
    voters in the best way they could. Here are some of their slogans: "I’m
    catholic" (Eymael, of PSDC – Christian Social-Democratic Party); "Vote
    different" (Sirkis, of PV – Green Party); "Jobs, salaries and land"
    (Almeida, of PSTU – Socialist Party of the Unified Workers); "Brazilian women, join
    forces with the only Presidential female candidate" (Ruiz, of PTN – National Labor
    Party); "I represent the resurgence of Vargas’ labor movement" (Jesus, of PT do
    B – Brazilian Labor Party).

    The greatest surprise, though, was Fernando Collor de Mello’s unexpected appearance on
    the radio and TV broadcasts. The former President, whose political rights are suspended
    until 2002, had sought to register his candidacy anyway. Although TSE has rejected
    Collor’s registration petition, the resolution would only become effective after its
    publication in the Diário Oficial da Justiça (the daily newspaper that publishes
    all official resolutions by the government’s judiciary branch). That only happened the day
    after the electoral broadcasts started, and Collor immediately took advantage of TSE’s
    delay. (The electoral legislation guarantees airtime to all political parties, as long as
    their registration hasn’t been denied by TSE.)

    In tune with the times, the masterminds behind Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s campaign
    have also designed a telemarketing system which will inform voters through a toll-free
    phone number ( 0800 780045) of the President’s accomplishments during his first term
    (press 6) and of his plans for the second term (press 7). By pressing 2, voters will get
    instructions on how to vote; pressing 3, voters will have information on all the coalition
    parties supporting FHC; and pressing either 4 or 5, they will get to hear a recorded
    message from Cardoso himself. To talk to one of the 104 operators hired to work the
    system, press 8. These operators end calls by saying: "Fernando Henrique thanks you
    for your participation."


    Brazil’s electoral legislation does not set a limit as to how much each party can
    spend on the election campaign, but it regulates the amount of donations received.
    According to TSE, corporations can donate up to 2% of their revenues, while an individual
    can donate up to 10% of his gross income as filed in the previous year’s income tax.
    Candidates themselves are also allowed to donate their own money to the campaign fund as
    long as it doesn’t exceed the amount registered with TSE.

    Another provision of the law requires that candidates open a specific bank account for
    campaign transactions only. Candidates are also required to render account of all
    transactions with TSE. Any remaining balance at the end of the campaign cannot be used by
    the candidates, and shall be donated to the parties’ foundations or institutes in charge
    of political indoctrination or education.

    In 1994, corporate donations to then candidate Cardoso totaled $27.4 million, which
    represented 97% of all donations to FHC’s campaign. Lula received $2.2 million from
    corporations, while another $1.4 million were raised among PT’s affiliates.

    The exact amount to be spent by each presidential candidate is not known; their
    campaign budget might be in fact ten times the amount disclosed so far. FHC leads the list
    with campaign expenditures estimated in $62.2 million, followed by Ciro Gomes with $28.1
    million. It is estimated that Lula and Enéas Carneiro each plan to spend around $12.8
    million. José Maria de Almeida has the lowest budget—only $170 thousand, followed by
    João de Deus de Jesus with an estimated budget of $426 thousand. Ivan Frota and Teresa
    Ruiz have not disclosed their campaign budgets, and all other candidates will be spending
    between $1.3 and $1.7 million.

    Voters’ Profile

    According to a preliminary study conducted by the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), the
    number of Brazilian voters has increased by a surprising 4.73% nationwide since
    1996—on average, the electorate increased by 2.5% every two years. The study also
    shows that the Brazilian electorate is aging. While voters over the age of 69 increased by
    15.71%, the demand for voter registration from 16 and 17 year olds (for whom voting is
    optional) has dropped by an average of 21.78%. The greatest increase has occurred among
    voters in the 35-59 year old age bracket, who collectively applied for 2,996,292 new voter

    The number of women voters is also on the rise, and they already represent a majority
    of voters in 10 states. Overall, male voters still lead the Brazilian electorate,
    representing 49.97% of all voters, but women are closing the gap: they now account for
    47.79% of Brazil’s electorate. Since 1994, TSE has issued 500 thousand new voter IDs for

    There was also an increase in the number of Brazilian expatriates who have registered
    to vote abroad. They number 47,392 voters this year against 39,760 in 1994. Brazilian
    voters are spread out among 95 countries, but the largest electorate—11,377—is
    located in the United States. Italy comes in second with 4,106 registered Brazilian
    voters, followed by Portugal with 3,621.

    As for the educational profile of the electorate, TSE’s study shows that only 3.28% of
    voters have a university degree. The Federal District has the highest proportion of
    college graduates among its voters—7.2%—while the state of Maranhão has the
    lowest—0.78%. Considering the large overall increase of the electorate, the number of
    illiterate voters has also decreased by nearly 100 thousand. Maranhão, which has
    1,987,241 voters, is still the state with the largest percentage of illiterate

    Conversely, the increase in the number of registered voters is in direct contrast to a
    decreased interest in politics, which was expressed by Brazilian voters in a study
    conducted by the Institute of University Research of Rio de Janeiro (IUPERJ). This
    institute has been gathering data on voter participation in all elections that have taken
    place in Brazil since 1982.

    Published in December 1997, IUPERJ’s study confirms some suspicions and dispels some
    myths. For example, the myth that voters from the south and southeast regions are more
    politically conscious, and therefore less likely to invalidate their votes, is shown to be
    untrue in this study. According to IUPERJ, Roraima and Amapá are the Brazilian states
    with the lowest number of null and blank votes in previous elections.

    Just to give an idea, in 1994, 87.8% of votes cast in Amapá and Roraima for state
    governor were valid, compared to 79.7% of votes in Rio de Janeiro, 76.2% in São Paulo,
    and 81% in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. That same year, 9 out of 10 voters from Amapá
    and Roraima validated their votes for President against 8 out of 10 in Rio and São Paulo.
    On the other hand, Bahia and Alagoas registered the highest percentage of invalid votes
    among all Brazilian states.

    However, political analysts believe that Amapá’s and Roraima’s voters are motivated
    mostly by personal interest rather than by civic pride. According to the analysts, the
    election period is the only time when voters have a chance to obtain concrete favors from
    the politicians in exchange for their votes.

    Asked about Brazil’s major problems, two thousand voters surveyed by polling institute
    IBOPE between August 14 and 18 pointed out health issues as their main concern (39%),
    while other major concerns included unemployment (37%), and hunger and poverty (21%).
    Crime and violence came in fourth place with 20% of the answers, followed by education
    with 14%, drugs with 12%, and salaries with 11%.

    Who’s Being Elected

    1 President and Vice-President, elected for a four-year term.

    513 deputados federais (House representatives), elected for a four-year term by
    proportional representation.

    1,045 deputados estaduais (assemblymen), elected for a four-year term.

    27 senadores (senators), elected for a eight-year term, with elections every
    four years for alternately one-third and two-thirds of the seats.

    27 state governadores (governors), elected for a four-year term.


    Fernando Henrique Cardoso—Sociologist and college professor, President
    Cardoso was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1931. At the age of 30, he received his Ph.D. in
    Social Sciences from the University of São Paulo, and became well known in the academic
    community for his theories about the dependence of Latin America on international
    capitalism. After the military coup in 1964, Cardoso voluntarily sought exile in Chile,
    and later on in France, and didn’t return to Brazil until 1968. Cardoso entered the
    Brazilian Senate in 1983. Two years later, he ran for mayor of São Paulo, but was
    unsuccessful on his election bid. In 1986, he became a senator again. After a stint as
    President Itamar Franco’s Foreign Minister, Cardoso was appointed Franco’s Finance
    Minister; he was elected President in 1994, anchored by the success of the Real plan.
    Party: PSDB (Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira—Brazilian Social Democracy
    Party). Married to Ruth; three children. Leading the polls.

    Web site:

    Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva—Born in Garanhuns (state of Pernambuco) in 1946,
    this former metalworker is a third-time candidate to the presidency of Brazil. The son of
    a peasant, Lula has lived in São Paulo since his early childhood. Lula gained national
    fame in 1978, after leading a metalworkers strike in defiance to the military
    dictatorship. In 1982, he came in fourth place in São Paulo’s governor election, and in
    1986 he was elected to the House of Representatives. His first attempt to become President
    was in 1989, when he was defeated by Fernando Collor de Mello in the run-off election.
    Four years later, Lula was again defeated, losing to President Cardoso in the first round.
    Party: PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores—Workers’ Party). Married to Marisa, his third
    wife; four children (three sons by Marisa and a daughter from his second marriage). Second
    in the polls.

    Web site:

    Ciro Gomes—The youngest of all presidential candidates, Gomes was born in
    Pindamonhangaba (state of São Paulo) in 1957. With a degree from Ceará Federal
    University’s Law School, Gomes entered politics while still a student. Twice elected to
    the House of Representatives (1983 and 1987), he became mayor of Fortaleza (Ceará state
    capital) in 1989, and Ceará’s governor in 1991. After Minister Rubens Ricupero’s
    resignation, Gomes was appointed Finance Minister by President Itamar Franco. Party: PPS
    (Partido Popular Socialista—People’s Socialist Party). Married to Patrícia; three
    children. Third in the polls.

    Web site: 

    Enéas Carneiro—Cardiologist, 60, Carneiro was born in the state of Acre,
    but it wasn’t until the age of nine that his birth was registered in Belém (state of
    Pará), which became his official birthplace. A self-proclaimed nationalist, Carneiro is
    running for President for the third time. In the 1989 presidential election, Carneiro
    received over 300 thousand votes in spite of his limited airtime (15 seconds) on TV. Four
    years later, he came in a surprising third place with nearly 5 million votes. Party: PRONA
    (Partido de Reedificação da Ordem Nacional— Party for the National Order
    Re-edification). Married twice; divorced. Fourth in the polls

    Web site:

    Alfredo Sirkis—Carioca (Rio’s native), born in 1951, Sirkis was an
    active member of the student movement which opposed the military dictatorship. Exiled in
    France in 1971, Sirkis was twice-elected councilman upon his return to Brazil. He was the
    author of the project that created the Municipal Environment Secretariat. Party: PV
    (Partido Verde—Green Party). Ranking in the polls unknown.

    Ivan Moacyr Frota—Retired brigadier Ivan Frota, 67, entered politics in
    1993, upon his retirement from the armed forces. Party: PMN (Partido da Mobilização
    Nacional—National Mobilization Party). Ranking in the polls unknown.

    João de Deus Barbosa de Jesus—Party: PT do B (Partido Trabalhista do
    Brasil—Labor Party of Brazil) Ranking in the polls unknown.

    Teresa Ruiz—Party: PTN (Partido Trabalhista Nacional—National Labor
    Party). She presents herself as the only Brazilian candidate to the presidency. Ranking in
    the polls unknown.

    José Maria de Almeida—Born in the state of Minas Gerais in 1958, Almeida
    is an active member of the metalworkers movement. In 1980, he was arrested, together with
    Lula and 17 other metalworkers, for inciting a series of strikes in the state of São
    Paulo. Almeida was also president of the metalworkers union in Belo-Horizonte and Contagem
    (both in the state of Minas Gerais) and director of labor union CUT (Central Única de
    Trabalhadores—Workers’ Unified Central) in that state. Party: PSTU (Partido
    Socialista dos Trabalhadores Unificado (Unified Workers’ Socialist Party)

    José Maria Eymael—Born in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Eymael, 58, is a
    former São Paulo assemblyman (1986) and house representative (1990). He has a degree in
    Philosophy and another degree in Law from PUC/RS. Party: PSDC (Partido Social Democrata
    Cristão—Christian Social Democrat Party). Ranking in the polls unknown.

    Sérgio Bueno—Lawyer, 50, Bueno was a former INSS (Social Security National
    Institute) attorney, and is currently a private consultant. Party: PSC (Partido Social
    Cristão—Christian Social Party) . Ranking in the polls unknown.

    Vasco de Azevedo Neto—Former House representative from 1970 to 1986, Neto
    is a retired professor from Bahia Federal University’s Engineering School. Party: PSN
    (Partido Solidarista Nacional—National Solidarist Party). Ranking in the polls

    The order the candidates will
    appear on the ballot:

    1 – Ciro Gomes (PPS, PL e PAN)
    2 – João de Deus (PT do B)
    3 – Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT, PDT, PSB, PCB e PC do B)
    4 – José Maria Eymael (PSTC)
    5 – Ivan Frota (PMN)
    6 – Fernando Henrique Cardoso (PSDB, PFL, PTB, PPB e PSD)
    7 – José Maria Almeida (PSTU)
    8 – Thereza Ruiz (PTN)
    9 – Sérgio Bueno (PSC)
    10 – Vasco Neto (PSN)
    11 – Enéas Carneiro (PRONA)
    12 – Alfredo Sirkis (PV).


    Parties for
    All Tastes

    PAN (Partido dos Aposentados da Nação—Party of the Nation’s

    PCB (Partido Comunista Brasileiro—Brazilian Communist Party)

    PC do B (Partido Comunista do Brasil—Communist Party of Brazil)

    PCO (Partido da Causa Operária—Workers’ Cause Party)

    PDT (Partido Democrático Trabalhista—Workers’ Democratic Party)

    PFL (Partido da Frente Liberal—Liberal Front Party)

    PGT (Partido Geral dos Trabalhadores—Workers’ General Party)

    PL (Partido Liberal—Liberal Party)

    PMDB (Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro—Brazilian
    Democratic Movement Party)

    PMN (Partido da Mobilização Nacional—National Mobilization

    PP (Partido Progressista—Progressive Party)

    PPB (Partido Progressista Brasileiro—Brazilian Progressive Party)

    PPR (Partido Progressista Reformador—Reformer Progressive Party)

    PPS (Partido Popular Socialista—People’s Socialist Party) former
    PCB (Partido Comunista Brasileiro—Brazilian Communist Party)

    PRN (Partido da Reconstrução Nacional—National Reconstruction

    PRONA (Partido da Reedificação da Ordem Nacional— Party for the
    National Order Re-edification)

    PRP (Partido Republicano Progressista—Progressive Republican

    PRTB (Partido Renovador Trabalhista Brasileiro—Brazilian Labor
    Reformer Party)

    PSB (Partido Socialista Brasileiro—Brazilian Socialist Party)

    PSC (Partido Social Cristão—Christian Social Party)

    PSD (Partido Social Democrático—Social Democratic Party)

    PSDB (Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira—Brazilian Social
    Democracy Party)

    PSDC (Partido Social Democrata Cristão—Christian Social Democrat

    PSL (Partido Social Liberal—Liberal Social Party)

    PSN (Partido Solidarista Nacional—National Solidarist Party)

    PST (Partido Social Trabalhista—Social Labor Party)

    PSTU (Partido Socialista dos Trabalhadores Unificado—Unified
    Socialist Workers’ Party)

    PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores—Workers’ Party)

    PTN (Partido Trabalhista Nacional—National Labor Party)

    PT do B (Partido Trabalhista do Brasil—Labor Party of Brazil)

    PTB (Partido Trabalhista Brasileiro—Brazilian Labor Party)

    PV (Partido Verde—Green Party)

    All the

    TERM ……………………………….PRESIDENT

    15.11.1889—23.11.1891……….Marshall Manoel Deodoro da Fonseca

    23.11.1891—15.11.1894………. Marshall Floriano Vieira Peixoto

    15.11.1894—15.11.1898………. Prudente José de Moraes e Barros (first one
    elected by direct vote)

    15.11.1898—15.11.1902………. Manoel Ferraz de Campos Salles

    15.11.1902—15.11.1906………. Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves

    15.11.1906—14.06.1909………. Affonso Augusto Moreira Pena

    14.06.1909—15.11.1910………. Nilo Procópio Peçanha

    15.11.1910—15.11.1914………. Marshall Hermes Rodrigues da Fonseca

    15.01.1914—15.11.1918………. Wencesláo Braz Pereira Gomes

    15.11.1918—28.07.1919………. Delfim Moreira da Costa Ribeiro takes over when
    President Francisco de Paula Rodrigues Alves dies

    28.07.1919—15.11.1922………. Epitácio da Silva Pessoa

    15.11.1922—15.11.1926………. Arthur da Silva Bernardes

    15.11.1926—24.10.1930………. Washington Luís Pereira de Sousa

    24.10.1930—03.11 1930………. Provisional Government

    03.11.1930—20.07.1934………. Getúlio Dornelles Vargas

    20.07.1934—10.11.1937………. Getúlio Dornelles Vargas

    10.11.1937—29.10.1945………. Getúlio Dornelles Vargas

    29.10.1945—31.01.1946………. José Linhares

    31.01.1946—31.01.1951………. General Eurico Gaspar Dutra

    31.01.1951—24.08.1954………. Getúlio Dornelles Vargas

    24.08.1954—09.11.1955………. João Fernandes Campos Café Filho

    09.11.1955—31.01.1956………. Nereu de Oliveira Ramos

    31.01.1956—31.01.1961………. Juscelino Kubitschek de Oliveira, JK

    31.01.1961—25.08.1961………. Jânio da Silva Quadros

    07.09.1961—01.04.1964………. João Belchior Marques Goulart

    01.04.1964—15.04.1964………. Pascoal Ranieri Mazzilli

    15.04.1964—15.03.1967………. General Humberto de Alencar Castello Branco

    15.03.1967—31.08.1969………. General Arthur da Costa e Silva

    31.08.1969—30.10.1969………. Military Junta (Augusto Hamann Rademaker
    Grünewald, Aurélio Lyra Tavares, Márcio de Souza e Melo)

    30.10.1969—15.03.1974………. General Emílio Garrastazú Médici

    15.03.1974—15.03.1979………. General Ernesto Geisel

    15.03.1979—15.03.1985………. General João Baptista de Oliveira Figueiredo

    15.03.1985—15.03.1990………. José Ribamar Ferreira de Araújo Costa known as
    José Sarney takes over after President-elect Tancredo de Almeida Neves dies before being

    15.03.1990—29.09.1992………. Fernando Affonso Collor de Mello

    29.09.1992—01.01.1995………. Itamar Augusto Cautiero Franco

    01.01.1995—……………………….. Fernando Henrique Cardoso, FHC

    for Office

    In a country where apelidos (nicknames) abound, and celebrities are often known
    on a first name basis—Xuxa, Pelé, Lula, Romário—the use of nicknames by
    Brazilian candidates has long been a common practice. The TSE (Tribunal Superior
    Eleitoral—Superior Electoral Court) allows candidates to register a nickname in
    addition to their full name, and voters can choose to write either the candidate’s full
    name or his "official" nickname on the ballot.

    This year, there are at least four "Ronaldinhos" registered with TSE. The
    name of all four candidates is actually Ronaldo, but the allusion to the soccer player
    phenomenon is a sure way to catch voters’ attention.

    However, apelidos can be deceiving. Those dreaming of a seat for Brazil’s most
    famous derrière will be disheartened to know that candidate Carla Perez is 33-year
    old Carla Patrícia Paes Cordeiro, a gray-haired, bespectacled psychologist from Niterói
    (state of Rio de Janeiro) who does not even know the measurement of her hips. How the
    singer-dancer’s name became Cordeiro’s nickname is not clear, but as Cordeiro campaigns
    for a house of representative seat, her Carla Perez nickname is already becoming popular
    among potential voters.

    Coincidentally, "Carla Perez" and Júlio César Paes Smiderle are cousins.
    Thirty-four year old Smiderle is running for Rio de Janeiro’s state assembly, and his
    election nickname was inspired by the moustachioed Brazilian talk-show host, Ratinho, who
    airs a daily show in the worst Jerry Springer-style. Odd enough, candidate Ratinho does
    not even have a mustache.

    Physical resemblance does not seem to be always the candidates’ main criterion when
    choosing their nicknames. Police officer Fausto Loureiro Alves, who is also running for
    Rio de Janeiro’s state assembly, sports a dense mustache and is often compared to the real
    Ratinho. However, he has registered Faustão as his election nickname, which voters
    immediately associate with Fausto Silva, a.k.a. Faustão. Another famous Brazilian TV
    host, not only doesn’t Faustão have a mustache, but he is fatter and taller than
    candidate Faustão.

    "Faustão" has only one complaint about Faustão. On his Sunday shows, the
    host repeatedly trumpets his new slogan: "Ladrão por ladrão, vote no Faustão"
    (Thief for thief, vote for Faustão). "It doesn’t sit well with my electorate",
    protests "Faustão".

    Other nicknames registered with TSE:

    Doceiro—Candy Maker
    Zé Carioca—Joe Carioca
    Vendedor de Felicidade—Happiness Salesman
    Cláudio Búzios Quarenta Graus—Cláudio Búzios (beach resort in the state of Rio de
    Janeiro) Forty Degrees
    Dragão Fly Semp—Dragon Fly Semp
    Dig Mag
    Robinson Moranguinho—Robinson Little Strawberry
    Cláudio Caroço—Cláudio Pit
    Maria Cabaço—Mary Cherry (in botanical lingo, Maria Calabash; colloquially, Maria

    Press the

    Brazilian elections are going high-tech. Fifty percent of the Brazilian electorate will
    have access to a new system of electronic voting, which was first tested in the 1996
    municipal elections. The compact computerized voting machines used in 1996 were designed
    and built by American company Unisys, making Brazil the first nation to use this
    mechanism. This year’s machines were manufactured by Procomp Indústria Eletrônica, a
    Brazilian firm headquartered in São Paulo.

    After the successful experience two years ago, TSE (Tribunal Superior
    Eleitoral—Supreme Electoral Court) hoped to totally computerize the 1998 voting
    procedures, but a lack of funds has limited the voting machines to 125,691 units, which
    will be installed in 249 municipalities with more than 52 thousand voters each. That
    represents nearly 51 million voters.

    The electronic ballot greatly reduces the tabulation time and the possibility of fraud.
    Voters will take approximately twenty seconds to cast their ballot instead of the average
    two minutes spent on the manual voting process. Moreover, electronic voting greatly
    reduces null and blank votes.

    The voting machine’s numerical pad has keys similar to a telephone dial pad. It also
    has three colored keys, which will confirm the ballot (green key), correct the ballot
    (orange key), or give the voter the choice to abstain from voting (white key).

    Powered by AC power, the machines come with an internal battery which will keep them
    working for an additional hour and a half in case of power failure. If the power failure
    extends over that period of time, the machines can be hooked up to any car battery, and
    will work uninterruptedly the whole day.

    Step by Step

    1) Voter arrives at the precinct and identifies himself by presenting his título de
    eleitor (voters I.D.) or a regular I.D. ( if título de eleitor has been lost
    or misplaced).

    2) Precinct clerk registers the I.D. number on a micro terminal, which automatically
    clears the voting machine for use.

    3) Machine’s screen displays a command to vote for deputado federal
    (representative), in addition to a space where voter can type the four-digit number
    representing the candidate’s registration number.

    4) Once the representative’s number is typed, the screen will show the number, name and
    picture of the chosen candidate, plus the name of his party. Voter is then instructed to
    confirm or correct his ballot by pressing either the green key or the orange key. Those
    who have chosen to cast a blank vote will press the white key, leaving the four-digit
    number space blank.

    5) Next, the screen displays a command to vote for deputado estadual
    (assemblyman), and a space where voter will type the candidate’s five-digit registration
    number. Voter repeats step 4.

    6) Screen displays a command to vote for presidente (president), and a space to
    type the candidate’s two-digit registration number. Voter follows step 4 again.

    7) The next command will instruct voter to cast his ballot for governador
    (governor), and to type the candidate’s two-digit number in the space provided. Voter
    repeats step 4.

    8) Screen displays a command to vote for senador (senator), and a space to type
    the candidate’s two-digit number. Voter follows step 4 once more. The word fim (end)
    will come up on the screen, indicating that the voting process has been completed

    9) Voter returns to the precinct clerk and retrieves his I.D. and proof of voting

    106 Million

    23.309.908 voters are from São Paulo, 11.815.219 from Minas Gerais, 9.971.925 from Rio
    de Janeiro, 7.932.243 from Bahia. The state with fewer voters is Roraima, which has
    170.621 registered voters.

    ……Municipalities ….Sites.. ..Sections …..Voters

    Southeast 1.666…. 22.686…. 112.570…. 47.013.951

    Northeast 1.789 ….32.836 …..95.712 …..28.538.352

    South ……..1.159 ….20.901 ….55.794 …..16.747.049

    Mid-West …450 ……5.182 …..21.286 …….6.988.708

    North ……….449…… 7.207….. 22.122 …….6.740.636

    Overseas ……95……… 213 ……….213 …………47.392

    Totals……. 5.608 ….89.025 …307.697 …106.076.088

    Data from TSE

    You Too
    Can Vote

    All the US
    Brazilian consulates
    phones and addresses

    Brazilian expatriates may vote at the nearest consulate, providing they have previously
    registered to vote at that consular office. Voters who have registered for the 1994
    elections are already eligible to vote, unless they have moved to another consular
    jurisdiction, in which case they should have re-registered at the new jurisdiction until
    May 15, 1998. Voters who have missed the registration deadline will be ineligible to vote.

    Absentee voters MUST justify their absence on Election Day by either going to a
    consular office, or to the nearest Tribunal Regional Eleitoral (Regional Electoral
    Court) upon returning to Brazil. If the latter applies, voters must provide proof that
    they were abroad either during the first or second round of the election, or both. Either
    way, they will have up to 30 days after the election takes place to justify their absence.
    TSE strictly forbids Brazilians in transit to vote.

    Those voting at local consulates must present their título de eleitor (voter
    card) or the 1998 registration stub, plus a Brazilian I.D. Voters will be assisted on a
    first come, first served basis.

    For voting hours, call your local consular office:

    Brazilian Consulate General in Atlanta
    229 Peachtree Street, N.E., Suite 2306
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    Phone: (404) 521-0061
    Fax: (404) 521-3449

    Jurisdiction: States of Alabama, North and South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee and


    Brazilian Consulate General in Boston
    The Stattler Building
    20 Park Plaza, suite 810
    Boston, MA 02116
    Phone: (617) 542-4000
    Fax: (617) 542-4318

    Jurisdiction: States of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.


    Brazilian Consulate General in Chicago
    401 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 3050
    Chicago, IL 60611
    Phone: (312) 464-0244
    Fax: (312) 464-0299

    Jurisdiction: States of North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan,
    Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin.


    Brazilian Consulate General in Houston
    1700 West Loop South, suite 1450
    Houston, TX 77027
    Phones: (713) 961-3063/64/65
    (713) 961-0551—Trade Bureau
    Fax: (713) 961-3070

    Jurisdiction: States of Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma.


    Brazilian Consulate General in Los Angeles
    8484 Wilshire Blvd., suites 730-711Beverly Hills, CA 90211
    Phone: (323) 651-2664
    Fax: (323) 651-1274

    Jurisdiction: States of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Hawaii, and in
    California, the counties of Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San
    Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura.


    Brazilian Consulate General in Miami
    2601 S. Bayshore Drive, Suite 800
    Miami, FL 33133
    Phone: (305) 285-6200
    Fax: (305) 285-6229
    Fax on demand for information and forms: (305) 285-6259

    Jurisdiction: States of Florida, Arkansas, Louisiana, and all U.S. Territories in the


    Brazilian Consulate General in New York
    551 Fifth Avenue, Suite 210
    New York, NY 10176-0009
    Tel: (212) 916-3200
    Fax: (212) 370-3925

    Jurisdiction: States of Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and
    the Bermuda Islands


    Brazilian Consulate General in San Francisco
    300 Montgomery Street, suite 900
    San Francisco, CA, 94104
    Phone: (415) 981-8170
    Fax: (415) 981-3628

    Jurisdiction: States of Oregon, Washington, Alaska and in the state of California, the
    counties of Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El
    Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Ladera, Marin, Mariposa,
    Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San
    Benedito, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra,
    Siskyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislau, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolunme, Yolo, and


    Brazilian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
    3006 Massachusetts Avenue NW
    Washington, D.C. 20008
    Phone: (202) 745-2837
    Fax: (202) 745-2827
      (Consular Services)

    Jurisdiction: District of Columbia, states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio,
    and Kentucky.

    Marta Alvim is a Brazilian journalist, freelance translator and interpreter.
    You can reach her at

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