Brazilians have begun voting for a new president to succeed the popular Ignacio Lula da Silva.
Dilma Rousseff, the ruling party’s candidate, is widely expected to win and keep the South American country on its path of economic prosperity.
Thanks to the support of the outgoing president polls show she has a double-digit lead over her rival, Jose Serra, who most recently was governor of Brazil’s wealthiest state Sao Paulo.
He made up substantial ground campaigning over the last few weeks. But the tide seemed to turn decisively against him when the Green Party’s candidate, Marina Silva decided to stay neutral in the runoff after her strong showing in the first round.
Voting in Latin America’s largest country is electronic, allowing authorities to tally votes in just a few hours.
The electoral authority will start announcing partial results after 1900 CET.