Jan 11 (Reuters) - Brazil will hold elections on Oct. 3 to choose the successor to President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is barred by law from seeking a third consecutive term.
In addition to president and vice-president, 135 million voters will elect 27 state governors; all representatives in the Chamber of Deputies; two-thirds of the Senators; and 1,059 representatives to state assemblies.
Here are some of the key dates during the election year.
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Feb. 18-21 - The ruling Workers’ Party likely to endorse Dilma Rousseff as presidential candidate.
March - Serra likely to announce his candidacy.
April 2 - Deadline for Serra and Rousseff to step down from their current posts in order to bid for the presidency.
June 10-30 - Parties confirm their candidates in national conventions.
July 5 - All candidates must register with the Supreme Electoral Tribunal. Candidates can begin running paid ads in media other than radio and TV.
Aug.17 - Beginning of free TV and radio ads.
Sept. 30 - Last day for campaign rallies and free radio and TV ads.
Oct. 3 - Election day. Voting stations open 8 am to 5 pm.
Oct. 31 - Run-off vote between the top two candidates for executive posts, if neither won more than 50 percent of the votes in the first round. (Reporting by Raymond Colitt in Brasilia; editing by Stuart Grudgings)