Brazil’s first round of voting took an an unexpected turn after President, and is set to be a run-off. President Jair Bolsonaro received more vote counts than his opponent, a result that was earlier predicted by leading polling firms. An Election run-off occurs when there’s no end to an ongoing election until one candidate receives more votes than the other. The results of the first round of voting in favour of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was 43.7% to 47.9% and helped to amplify President Bolsonaro’s claims that the election system has been compromised.
Although former President Lula reassured the media that he will emerge the winner of the presidential elections, President Bolsonaro is still a viable opponent with a strong enough backing that is enough to win the election. Some analysts have predicted that the recent results can spur violence in the country.