- Title: BRAZIL: ELECTION VOTE COUNTING BEGINS
- Date: 4th October 1994
- Summary: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (OCTOBER 4, 1994) (REUTERS TELEVISION) 1. HAS,GV/PAN BALLOT BOXES IN CENTRE (2 SHOTS) 0.12 2. GV INT. COUNTING ROOM/VOTE COUNTING 0.19 3. CU/SV/BOX OPENED AND EMPTIED ON TO TABLE (5 SHOTS) 0.53 4. SV/CRANE UP TO SPEAKER VOTES READ OUT (3 SHOTS) 1.13 5. SV VOTES COUNTED (2 SHOTS) 1.23 6. HAS,GV/PAN COUNTING ROOM (2 SHOTS) 1.32 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
- Embargoed: 19th October 1994 13:00
- Location: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
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- Story Text: Brazilian newspapers hailed free-market champion Fernando Henrique Cardoso as election vote counting began on Tuesday (October 4).
Exit polls from Monday's presidential election showed Cardoso, an advocate of social reforms and opening up the economy, sweeping to victory by nearly six million votes more than all other candidates combined.
That meant Cardoso, candidate of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party, would avoid a runoff with his nearest rival, leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, universally known as Lula.
As Brazil began the slow process of counting paper ballots cast by nearly 95 million voters, the first trickle of results from the Superior Electoral Court indicated Cardoso far ahead.
The court showed Cardoso, a former economy minister, with 31,381 votes, or 52.9 percent, against 12,923 or 21.8 percent, for Lula. The other six candidates had 14,969 votes combined, or 25.3 percent, with the remaining ballots disqualified or blank.
Election court president Sepulveda Pertence said final results were not likely for 15 days.
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