Human Rights Minister asks the Electoral Court System to support the organization of elections for Child Protective Councils

Human Rights Minister asks the Electoral Court System to support the organization of elections for Child Protective Councils

Justice Marco Aurélio, president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), met with Minister Maria do Rosário, from the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic (SDH/PR) on on February 5th. On the occasion, the Human Rights Minister asked the Electoral Court System to support the organization of unified elections for Child Protective Councils, which are to be held in October 2015.
“We regard the TSE as a source of knowledge, an institution which has a rather positive impact on the country’s democratic life, on general elections and on democratic debates. We believe that the expertise of the TSE will contribute to the organization of this general election, an event of paramount importance, which also constitutes an effort to improve the procedures to appoint the members of child protective councils, that is, officials who are responsible for taking care of Brazilian children exposed to social risks”, said Minister Maria do Rosário.
Justice Marco Aurélio pointed out that the Electoral Court System and the Human Rights Secretariat share common goals regarding the country’s improvements and advances. “Our partnership is likely to be a fruitful one, as we possess the means to effectively survey citizens’ preferences with respect to the election of Council members”, he noted.  
There are 5,924 Child Protective Councils in Brazil and any Brazilian citizen who is eligible to vote is authorized to participate in the election of council members. Nevertheless, voting is not mandatory. That is why the Human Rights Secretariat plans to organize campaigns to raise overall awareness on the relevance of citizens being sufficiently informed to appoint those who will actually defend the rights of vulnerable children.
“We already have the necessary infrastructure, and we expect to soon sign a protocol to establish what needs to be developed. There are costs, but the benefits that will come out of this initiative exceed such costs by far”, concluded Justice Marco Aurélio.
Safety and credibility
The safety mechanisms adopted by the TSE, which provide for system reliability and the success of Brazilian elections, are regularly tested. After being used for more than 18 years, the computer-based voting system has already been subject to numerous audits and inspections carried out by both political parties and Information Technology (IT) experts from renowned universities.
Minister Maria do Rosário recalled the prestige gained by the Electoral Court System both domestically and abroad, pointing that “credibility is something that is built over a long time, and getting to combine this credibility with the absolute priority of taking care of vulnerable children and establishing a public policy as relevant as the Child Protective Councils in Brazil constitutes an important achievement”.