Brazilian voting system audit presented to OAS Electoral Observation Mission.
Once again, the acting president of the TCU reinforced the good relationship and partnership with the Superior Electoral Court (TSE): "Many points of improvement indicated by the TCU have been accepted by the TSE ". He also emphasized that the TCU will not carry out an assessment, but a monitoring that follows international auditing standards. For this reason, the data collected on voting day and after the election will not be released immediately, but in the report that should be released in November of this year.
As for the doubts that hang over the Brazilian voting system, he highlighted: "We are absolutely calm about the auditability of the ballot boxes ". According to him, the expectation is that the audit occurs as smoothly as possible. "This gives us the certainty that Brazilian institutionality has nothing to hide."
After the explanations given by the minister, the OAS Secretary for Strengthening Democracy, Francisco Guerrero, spoke of the importance of the inspection and requested a consolidated version of the TCU's audit as soon as possible. The document will be part of the report to be developed by the mission, whose objective is to collaborate with the improvement of the system and of Brazilian democracy.
Besides making the work developed by the Court of Auditors available to the OAS-EOM, Bruno Dantas informed that he recently delivered to the OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, the consolidation of the three reports related to the three stages of the audit that have already been completed.
The work of the Election Observation Mission (EOM)
This is the third time that OAS experts have observed the country's electoral process. Previously, the 2020 Municipal Elections and the 2018 General Elections were analyzed. This year's OAS Mission is composed of 55 experts and observers from 17 nationalities, who will be present in 15 of the 26 Brazilian states and the Federal District. The OAS team will also observe voting in three foreign cities: Porto, in Portugal, and Miami and Washington, in the United States.
The following will be observed in the pre-election period, on voting day, and in the post-election period:
- aspects of election technology and organization;
- overseas voting;
- performance of the Electoral Justice;
- political financing;
- campaigning and freedom of expression;
- political participation of women;
- participation of indigenous and afro-descendant groups, and
- electoral violence.
The analysis will be based on three points: direct observation; examination of the legislation and documentation related to the election; and meetings with governmental actors, electoral authorities, political leaders, and members of civil society. After the election, a preliminary report will be released with the observations and recommendations made by the group. Once the process is complete, the final report will be submitted to the Permanent Council of the OAS.