Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mocidade Alegre is the winner of the Sao Paulo Carnival 2012 with theme honoring 100 years of Jorge Amado

[photo: sérgio castro/ae]
The Mocidade, champion of 2012, marched with 3,500 members, 25 wards and five floats
After a tremendous confusion in counting the votes of the jurors, the Independent Liga Independente das Escolas de Samba de São Paulo announced that the Mocidade Alegre is the winner of the Sao Paulo Carnival 2012. The decision came from the presidents of the Samba Schools, by 7 votes to 5. The Samba schools Camisa Verde e Branco and Pérola Negra were downgraded.

Big mess
Near the end of counting, when a single note 9.9 would be enough to give the title to the Mocidade Alegre, there was a invasion of a group of members of the samba schools (that weren't happy with the results). During the mess, a man could get the votes of the judges and tear them in front of everyone. There was no copy of the votes. Each of the ballot counting is done with banknote, with nine safety items and bar codes to prevent forgeries. Unfortunately, it was not enough.
[source: estadão]

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