Doria spreads suspicions in the PSDB, generates intrigues and incites the ‘war of narratives’ – 11/26/2021 – Power

With the PSDB’s presidential caucuses undefined, Governor João Doria (SP) and his allies have been questioning the rules adopted by the party because, in their opinion, they benefit rival Eduardo Leite (RS), something that does not hold up according to leaders of the acronym.

Anchored in a problem of a technological nature, the political dispute between the governors escalated. Allies of the gaucho and even part of the tucana summit began to counter the suspicions of the paulista.

The accusations range from using an application instead of electronic voting machines to hiring a foundation in Rio Grande do Sul to create the voting application.

On Sunday (21), the previews were suspended after the tool, with 44,700 toucans registered, crashed and only about 3,000 managed to vote.

The Support Foundation for the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Faurgs), responsible for the app, released a statement on Wednesday (24), claiming to consider “very plausible the occurrence of a hacker attack”.

The PSDB tests applications from private companies to complete the vote and, until this Thursday (25), there was no forecast of a new schedule — the promised deadline is Sunday (28). The campaigns of Doria, Leite and Arthur Virgílio, former mayor of Manaus and third competitor, are pressing for the conclusion of the election.

The blurring has fueled what campaigns have called the “war of narratives.” On Sunday, in an interview with the press, Doria stated that Faurgs is headquartered in Pelotas, the city where Leite was mayor and councilor.

The foundation, however, is in Porto Alegre. Consulted by sheet, the entity reinforced that it has no connection with Pelotas – neither units nor projects in the city.

“Senator Arthur Virgílio and I, since the beginning of this process, have defended the use of electronic voting machines. Transparent and legitimate process, proof of fraud. For reasons unknown to us, the party adopted a hybrid form. It chose a company to develop one application, which circumstantially is from Pelotas, in Rio Grande do Sul, and another part adopting electronic voting machines”, Doria told the press on Sunday.

Federal deputy Daniel Trzeciak (RS), Leite’s ally who accompanied the interview, protested: “It’s a lie!”.

The speeches by the São Paulo native, linking Faurgs to Pelotas, were enough for the militancy that supports him to start publicizing, on social networks, the version that Leite recommended the PSDB to hire the foundation, which is also unfounded.

The PSDB says it sought out several public universities, including USP, Unicamp and UFMG, but only Faurgs agreed to develop the voting application within a tight period of 90 days. The foundation sent a proposal with a schedule and budget, while the others did not.

In the same press interview, on Sunday, the mayor of Jundaí, Luiz Fernando Machado, who is one of the coordinators of Doria’s campaign, made that clear.

“The calling process was made for all institutions that would have the skills and qualifications to improve or make the application. The only foundation that was willing to do in the time that was given was the already expressed foundation,” he said.

“First of all, I want to make it clear to everyone here that UFRGS (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul) and Faurgs, consequently, are not in Pelotas. It’s a lie, one more that we see being presented in the previews of the PSDB, among so many that we are being victims. Or at least ignorance, “said Leite also on Sunday.

At the time, the PSDB bet on developing its own application, at a cost of around R$ 1.3 million, so that the tool could be donated to other parties. The toucans intended to encourage the holding of previews in other acronyms and gain credit for the innovative action.

With the fiasco of Sunday’s vote, the party has rushed to seek private alternatives that cannot be given away. The use of the Faurgs app, however, has not been officially ruled out.

For Doria’s assistants, there is a connection between Leite and Faurgs, although they have not presented proof of this. Questioned by sheet, the São Paulo campaign sent a note from the coordinator, Wilson Pedroso, stating that the information that Faurgs was from Pelotas was “in the press itself when the first news became public”.

“Now what is imperative for the PSDB is to find a solution as soon as possible for the end of the caucuses, out of respect for the toucan members and for democracy,” he said.

In addition to choosing the Rio Grande do Sul foundation, Doria has shown opposition, in recent days, with the party’s own option for an application instead of electronic voting machines. In fact, the problems in the application had been pointed out by the São Paulo campaign for weeks, based on the audit reports of the cybersecurity company Kryptus, hired by the PSDB.

To counter Doria, toucans remember that, in addition to Faurgs and Kryptus, a company that was born at Unicamp, they also participated in the development of the app, as consultants, a technician connected to USP and another connected to Porto Digital in Recife.

In evaluating the direction of the acronym, although ballot boxes are the safest method, there was, in practice, no possibility of enabling voting through them. Even if the calculation were ten cities for each ballot box, more than 500 voting points across the country and contracts with the 27 regional electoral courts would be needed.

The PSDB would have to bear the costs of logistics and security, operations that, in national elections, rely on the help of the Armed Forces, for example. Furthermore, the campaigns themselves would not be able to inspect all polling stations.

Behind the scenes, Leite’s allies criticize Doria for what they consider to reduce Brazil to the Gardens, in São Paulo, unaware of the complexity of holding elections in the confines of Brazil.

However, to nod to the Electoral Justice and pay homage to the electronic ballot box, the target of attacks by President Jair Bolsonaro, the party chose to use the ballot boxes at least in Brasília, for politicians with mandate who wanted to vote in person.

The operational issue was decisive for the choice of the application, but, behind the scenes, party leaders also understand that only cell phone voting could be equal and reach all toucans in the country. If the vote was in person, Doria would have the advantage.

In São Paulo, the PSDB is more organized and mobilized, in addition to having already held two previous previews – which Doria won. Paulistas would be able to bring members to the vote, while states that support the Gaucho do not.

The question of the preponderance of São Paulo also guided the choice of the acronym for the vote in which affiliates and representatives have different weight. In a defeat for Doria, the party’s national executive approved the rule based on the principle of federative balance – and not to benefit Leite, according to Toucan leaders.

For them, voting with the same weight would transform the PSDB into a party from São Paulo and would not give Doria’s rivals a chance in the caucuses.

Leite has more adhesion among toucans with mandate, while São Paulo has 25% of the 1.3 million members of the PSDB. Among mobilized affiliates, that is, those who registered on the app to vote, São Paulo’s advantage jumped to 62%, which would make it unnecessary to hold preliminary calls if the rule were that each vote counts equally.

By voting in groups established by the PSDB, São Paulo starts with a weight of 35%, which does not preclude, in practice, the victory of Leite or Virgílio. Among Doria’s supporters, however, the election with weights, as well as the use of the Faurgs app, is seen as a maneuver in favor of Leite.

Doria and Virgílio have already stated that they consider that the ideal model is that of priors is that members and politicians have the same voting power.

According to Doria’s allies, suspicions that the caucuses were designed to favor Leite were confirmed when the president and coordinator of the organizing committee of the caucuses, senator José Aníbal (SP) and ex-deputy Marcus Pestana (MG) , handed over the positions a day before the vote and announced their support for Leite.

On the occasion, Pedroso, coordinator of Doria’s campaign, stated that “the foxes were inside the chicken coop”.

“Since the beginning of the caucuses, João Doria’s campaign advocated that elections take place via electronic voting machines in PSDB electoral colleges throughout Brazil. And it also advocated equality in the weight of the members votes: that is, one member, one vote . But he gave in to all the decisions of the preliminary committee, chaired by senator José Anibal and coordinated by Marcus Pestana, who opted for voting by application and for assigning different weights to each member group,” Pedroso told sheet by way of note.

Among toucans who make up the party’s executive, suspicions don’t make sense. Voting by groups, they argue, was approved by the executive after being proposed by the commission, which was also composed of members of the Doria and Leite campaigns.

The decision regarding the ballot boxes came from the PSDB’s direction, as well as the hiring of Faurgs. The preliminary committee had no decision-making power, but its decisions were generally supported by the president of the PSDB, Bruno Araújo.

In response, Pestana told the column Mônica Bergamo: “The certification of my suitability is 38 years of public life”. Aníbal said that he was attacked “in an insulting manner” after having lost in the vote on the rules of the primaries and in what he considered an attempt at fraud – the extemporaneous affiliation of 92 mayors and vice presidents who ended up excluded from the vote.


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