By Minister Paulo Roberto de Almeida
Electoral disputes are moments of passion, infused by much emotion, and, for the most engaged, a commitment to some cause relevant to their own life, the future of their family, their country or to their professional careers.
Elections should lead to a healthy debate about government programs. They should allow for those politicians who want to run for another term or a different post to provide public accountability for the work tenure they have served. However, that is not always what happens. Rather than civilized disputes, what we often see is the exchange of accusations, criticism against opponents, unsubstantiated allegations made against challengers who are often seen as political enemies.
Brazil and the United States are both conducting elections