The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) received members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of Burkina Faso, Africa, on 17 September. The purpose of the visit to Brazil was to gather details on the Brazilian experience of voting abroad.
The delegation was received by Justice Henrique Neves, who explained the different phases of Brazil's electoral process and put himself at the delegation's disposal for further clarification. After meeting with the Justice, the delegation visited the Vote Museum, in the headquarters of the TSE, and got to know a bit more about the evolution of voting in Brazil.
The TSE has also promoted other cooperation initiatives with African countries, including a meeting earlier this year with representatives of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP).
“This is another example of cooperation between our Electoral Justice and African countries to provide information on electoral issues. We have put up a specific schedule to inform the members of the delegation on all aspects relevant to Brazilians voting abroad", explained Tarcisio Costa, Advisor dor International Affairs of the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE).
Also on 17 September, the delegation met with Councilor Aloysio Marés Dias Gomide Filho, Head of the Consular Assistance Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and with Judge Joasaphá Francisco dos Santos, president of the Regional Electoral Court of the Federal District (TRE-DF). In the TRE, the delegation attended presentations on the electronic voting machine, the biometric voter identification, and, in greater detail, the process of voting abroad. The program ended with a visit to the Court Office of the International Electoral Area, operated under the responsibility of the TRE-DF.
Burkina Faso has approximately eight million of its citizens residing abroad. The expectation is that, based on the Brazilian model, the country can ensure voting rights to that significant contingent starting in their next presidential elections, scheduled for 2015.
Brazilian voters residing abroad and registered to vote in their country of residence can vote for President of the Republic. In the last presidential elections held in 2010, 200,392 Brazilians were eligible to vote outside Brazil.