In the eight years of the "Lula era", Brazil has been transformed by a series of ambitious policies like the "Luz para todos", or "Light for all", programme. Dilma Rousseff, Lula's chosen successor, is now poised to reap the benefits.
In the state of Rondonia, near Brazil's Lake Cuni, FRANCE 24's correspondents Lucas Menget and Nicolas Ransom went to find out where electricity had brought light to the remotest parts of the country.
Lake Cunia lies at the heart of the Amazon. This remote area is home to dozens of families, and a lot more crocodiles. Here, electricity first arrived in people's homes on June 12 and has since changed lives.
Ever since Lula took office in 2002, the local population has been involved in politics. New electronic voting systems have enabled everyone to vote, even those who cannot read or write, explains Sebastiao Rodrigues Da Silva, a local polling official.
In Brazil, voting is compulsory. All citizens are required to vote, even those who live in remote areas.
Brazilians are yet to find out who their next president will be. But many already feel nostalgic when looking back on the Lula era -- eight years during which drinking water, electricity and healthcare were made accessible to all.
Date created : 2010-10-01