A confident Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has been voting in Brazil’s run-off presidential election which looks set to return him to power for a second four-year term. The last polls show the incumbent having 61 per cent of the vote. Also voting was his opponent Geraldo Alckmin, a former Sao Paulo governor who gave no sign that he appeared to be pursuing a lost cause. According to observers it was his tepid campaign style that failed to win over voters.
In spite of charges of vote-buying and illegal campaign financing that dogged his leftist Workers Party for two years, President Lula appears to have been forgiven by voters. Over 125 million Brazilians are being called to vote this Sunday. Results will be known soon after polls close.