President Dilma Rousseff joined the 142 million Brazilians who will vote in the nation's presidential elections, casting her vote in her home town of Porto Alegre as she seeks a second term. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff cast her vote on Sunday (October 5) morning, in the most unpredictable presidential election in decades and the first since the end of an economic boom underpinning the leftist Workers' Party's 12-year rule. Rousseff cast her vote in the state-run Santos Dumont School in her home town of Porto Alegre, as she seeks a second term. Polls now show Rousseff as the front runner in a race that is likely to go to a runoff on Oct. 26, following one of the most competitive campaigns since Brazil returned to democracy in 1985. Rousseff might even eke out a first-round victory, although no poll has suggested she has the impetus to clear the 50 percent needed to win the election on Sunday. Rousseff's main rivals are Marina Silva, a hero of the global conservation movement and ruling party defector now with the Brazilian Socialist Party, and Aecio Neves, a senator and former state governor from the centrist party that laid the groundwork for Brazil's economic boom last decade. The two opposition candidates, in a last-minute sprint for runner-up, both vow to return to the market-friendly economic policies that critics say Rousseff abandoned, especially strict budget and inflation targets, since the economy dipped into recession last quarter. More than 140 million people are registered to vote in Brazil, which holds a population of 200 millions people, and where everyone between the ages of 18 and 70 is required to cast a ballot. The daylong vote will unfold at 450,000 polling stations across the country, in a fully computerized voting process, meaning results are expected just a few hours after polls close in western states.