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Troops, police ensure safety of Brazil election

October 24, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s military says it will deploy around 15,000 troops across the country to support Sunday’s presidential election.

The troops are to provide logistical help, as well as ensuring law and order. They will be concentrated mostly in remote areas of the country’s less developed northern and western states.

More than 140 million Brazilian voters are expected to vote in what many observers consider the most divisive presidential race in decades. Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff is facing off against centrist rival Aecio Neves.

In addition to the soldiers, more than 100,000 police officers will be deployed in the three most populous states alone to ensure voter safety and prevent electoral crimes like rallies, the distribution of campaign leaflets outside the polling stations and exit polls conducted before polling stations close.

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