Santa Catarina: Supreme Court confirms irregularities and orders elections repeated at two polling stations 11 July 2012
The municipal election process in Santa Catarina de Santiago has seen a new development, as elections will be repeated at polling stations in Boa Entrada and Cruz Grande in the municipality, where the Supreme Court of Justice confirmed the existence of grave irregularities in the July 1 suffrage. The decision from the Supreme Court of Justice, acting as Constitutional Court, was made public on Tuesday, July 10.
The repetition of the elections at the two polling stations in question will take place on Sunday, July 22.
Polling station SC-I-02, in Boa Entrada, counts a total of 341 registered voters, and it was there, according to the Supreme Court ruling, that 100 more ballots than actual voters were counted. The Supreme Court also confirmed that at the Cruz Grande polling station, officials counted 22 more voters than those registered.
All calculations made, the total number of voters at the two polling stations is 769, far greater than the 54-vote difference separating incumbent mayor Francisco Tavares and his challenger, José Maria Veiga. As such, the repetition of the elections at the two polling stations could make all the difference, especially considering the fact that those who abstained from voting on July 1 number approximately one hundred.