Up to 58 million Brazilians went to the polls on November 15 to vote in national elections which mark a major step in Brazil's return to democracy.
GV PAN Shanty town on side of mountain
SV PAN People in streets and trucks with political banners (2 shots)
GV Wall outside polling station covered with posters
SV People voting (2 shots)
SV PAN Banner. Crowds surrounding Leonel Brizola (Socialist candidate for governorship of Rio state) walking to polling station (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR Brizola voting and placing vote in ballot box (3 shots)
GV PAN People on beach
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Background: Up to 58 million Brazilians went to the polls on November 15 to vote in national elections which mark a major step in Brazil's return to democracy. The last direct election was 22 years ago. The government's military-led Social Democratic Party and four opposition parties fought a fierce electoral campaign in their quest for jobs as state governors, members of congress and local officials. Pre-election opinion suggested the government was heading for defeat in two politically-vital states -- Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, with close results likely in two other key states, Minas Gerais and Rio Grande do Sul. It appeared the government would make a clean sweep in the northeast. Socialist candidate, Leonel Brizola, a political exile for 15 years because of his opposition to the military, was tipped to win by between four and seven per cent in Rio de Janeiro. Polling day was an official holiday and many voters in Rio got their compulsory voting over early so they could spend the rest of the day on the beach.