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Ministra presidente do TSE durante sessão plenária realizada no dia 27/09/2012

Efficiency of servants and electronic voting machines give an impressive result

The president of the Superior Electoral Court, minister Cármen Lúcia Antunes Rocha, at the end of Tuesday’s plenary session, made a statement of the 2012 elections and emphasized that, for the first time since the electronic voting machine began to be used, the election (second round of 2012) was 100% electronic, not being necessary to use ballot papers and ordinary voting machines. In the second round, the index of electronic voting machine substitution was 0,3% against 0,5% in the first round.

“Indeed, the machine, the system and the servants that work hard give an answer absolutely impressive”, said the minister. She also emphasized the reduction in the use of federal troops in the second round, when only two cities received the troops – Campina Grande-PB and São Luís-MA. “This is a result of a harder work of this Plenary in what refers of using federal troops. In other elections, comparatively, this number reached two times bigger”, she said.

The president of TSE affirmed that the existence of three different time zones in Brazil was “one more difficulty” that certainly should be considerate in further studies of specialists and political scientists about the increase of the number of abstention verified in this session. In the first round, 111.807.514 of the 138.544.318 voters attended the election, an abstention index of 16,41%. In the second turn, the index was 19,12%, considering that 25.661.378 of the 31.725.967 voters attended the elections in 86.187 electoral sessions  to vote for 50 mayors.