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Justice Dias Toffoli represents the TSE at the Ibero-American Conference on Electoral Justice

Justice Dias Toffoli represented the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) in the 5th Ibero-American Conference on Electoral Justice, held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on 2-4 October.

The event was attended by representatives of electoral bodies from 20 Latin American countries, and was organized by the Superior Electoral Court of the Dominican Republic in coordination with the "Idea International” organization.

Justice Dias Toffoli took part in a panel that discussed the issue of gender and democracy, held in the afternoon of October 3rd. Justice Toffoli presented a historical overview of women's participation in Brazil's electoral process and highlighted the role of the TSE in significantly raising women representation in the party system over the past years.

The conference also included five other thematic round tables, including discussions on: the protection of political rights; internal democracy within parties; nullities, education and training and semi-direct democracy experiences; criminal electoral justice; and relevant experiences of electoral justice bodies.

After the meeting, participants signed a declaration reiterating the commitment of the national electoral bodies with the continued strengthening of the Ibero-American Elections. The declaration also emphasizes the importance of cooperation and exchanges of experiences for the improvement of electoral judicial activity in the region. Additional information on the conference can be found on the website of the Superior Electoral Court of the Dominican Republic (http://www.tse.gob.do/)

On the sidelines of the conference, Justice Dias Toffoli - accompanied by the Chargé d´Affaires of Brazil, Maria Cristina Silva, and the Advisor for International Affairs of the TSE, Tarcisio Costa - held talks with the President of the Supreme Court of the Republic Dominican, Mariano Germán Mejía. He also met the Director of Idea International for Latin America, Daniel Zovatto.

Source: TSE International Affairs Advisory Service