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Election Campaigns Start in Brazil with More Funds for Black Candidates

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As the 2020 municipal electoral campaign gets underway in Brazil this Sunday, a statutory rule recently enforced by the country’s Supreme Court has been praised by lawmakers and racial justice activists as an important step in promoting equality and balance in the electoral dispute.

The statute, passed in late August, states that political parties will have to divide equally between white and black candidates their finances from the Special Campaign Funding Fund (FEFC) as well as their radio and television time between white and black candidates. The STF decision applied the statute to this year . . .

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