Thousands of Brazilian Army and Navy Personnel to Guard Rio Elections

By Dialogo
October 02, 2012

On October 1, 3,000 Brazilian Army and Navy personnel reinforced security in the favelas (slums) and other areas in Rio de Janeiro, ahead of local elections to be held on October 7, according to the Regional Electoral Court.

“State forces are offering this support, so that we can reassure the population, and we intend for October 7 to be a great celebration of Brazilian democracy,” said Luiz Zveiter, head of the court, to Brazilian news agency Brasil.

Since 2008, Rio de Janeiro's authorities have been implementing a strategy to retake control of dozens of favelas that remain in the hands of drug traffickers or militias, ahead of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics games to be held specifically in Rio.

About 140 million Brazilian nationals must vote in the first round of local elections on October 7, where over 5,000 mayors, deputy mayors and city councillors will be elected for the thousands of municipalities of the country.