Senator plans expansion of benches and says that PT is

The end of proportional coalitions created a great challenge for many presidents of acronyms in the state. The model, already tested in the 2020 municipal elections, will be tested for the first time in a national and state election.

If before the “owners” of the parties joined their acronyms with others to take advantage of the “broth” of votes from the allies to get elected, now each acronym needs to assemble its own competitive slate to overcome the electoral coefficient and manage to elect someone. But that doesn’t seem to be a concern for the Workers’ Party.

In conversation with the Brazil in fact Pernambuco, Senator Humberto Costa (PT) was optimistic about the expansion of the party’s state and federal benches.

“We are working to have our own competitive plate, which will allow us to increase the size of our workbench – and we will be able to do that”, he guaranteed. The PT currently has three state deputies (Doriel Barros, Teresa Leitão and Dulcicleide Amorim) and two federal deputies (Marília Arraes and Carlos Veras). But there is an expectation that Lula’s (PT) candidacy for the Presidency of the Republic will attract more votes for the party.

Many parties are unlikely to be able to mount competitive slates. Even a traditional and national-sized party such as the PSDB failed to make even a slate for councilors in Recife feasible and ended up giving up the dispute.

The race to occupy the positions of state and federal deputies will be even more difficult, especially in the smaller parties. It is estimated that each party will need to reach a minimum of 90,000 votes to elect a state deputy and 150,000 votes to elect a federal deputy.

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This should lead deputies to abandon their acronyms and look for parties that give them a guarantee of overcoming the electoral coefficient.

“Of course we are open to discussion with other parties and people from other parties who wish to be with us in this electoral dispute. But so far there is nothing very concrete except the arrival of the former mayor [do Recife] João Paulo (now state deputy for PCdoB). But no other names for the time being”, says Humberto.

He mentions the “discussion with other parties” also leaving open the possibility of some party agreement to circumvent the impediment of coalitions or even the new instrument of the “party federation”: a temporary merger of parties lasting four years, in which the parties need to be united throughout the national territory and in the legislative houses. There is the possibility of PCdoB forming a federation with the PSB or with the PT.

Majority plate

The PT outlined for 2022 the priority objective of electing former president Lula to the Planalto Palace, even if for this it is necessary to “sacrifice” government candidacies to make local alliances viable.

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This is the case of conversations with the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), which has its greatest strength in Pernambuco. The PSB has signaled for support for Lula, as long as it is reciprocated with support from the PT in Pernambuco and other states. The PSB has been in charge of the local government for 16 years (since 2006), with a broad front called “Frente Popular”.

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Between comings and goings throughout this period, the PT has been out of the way since the riots of the Recife municipal election, disputed between João Campos (PSB) and Marília Arraes (PT), won by the former.

Some members of the PSB signal for a rapprochement with Lula’s PT, others say they prefer Ciro Gomes’ PDT, while João Campos is playing a double game on the subject.

The fact is that the PDT still hopes to have the support of the PSB, which, in turn, is not in a hurry to decide, which gives rise to speculation about a PT candidacy for the state government.

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Humberto leaves the possibilities open. “The PT is open to any scenario: whether it is supporting another party’s candidacy for the Popular Front, or a PT candidacy presented to head the Popular Front’s political alliance, or even an isolated candidacy.”

“We are prepared for all of this”, says the senator. The most quoted names to take on a possible candidacy are Marília Arraes (now an opponent of the PSB) and Humberto Costa, who has been working for the national alliance with the PSB.

On the socialist side, the priority name is Geraldo Julio, former mayor of Recife and now state secretary for Economic Development. He has a history of anti-PT statements and had the PT as an opponent in his two elections: against Humberto in 2012 and against João Paulo in 2016.

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With the rapprochement of the PSB with the PT, Geraldo started to “run away” from the public appearances of electoral negotiations and has said that he is unmotivated for a candidacy, but the party guarantees that the name is his.

In addition to the PSB and probably the PT, the Popular Front brings together other large parties, such as the PP, PSD, MDB and Republicans. All compete with each other to occupy the position of senator and vice-governor in the majority slate, but they guarantee respect for the leadership of the PSB in conducting the process.

Source: BoF Pernambuco

Edition: Vanessa Gonzaga

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