President of the TSE visits Angola´s National Electoral Commission

Justice Dias Toffoli, president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), visited Angola´s National Electoral Commission.

Justice Dias Toffoli, president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), visited Angola´s National Electoral Commission on June 6, having met with André da Silva Neto, president of that body, in the Angolan capital of Luanda. On occasion, Justice Dias Toffoli learned more about Commission´s facilities and activities, which include organizing the country´s elections. Presidents also exchanged information on their respective electoral systems and on the history of elections in Brazil and Angola.

In 2002, after a period of political instability, Angola organized direct elections. However, the National Electoral Commission, which had been established earlier in 1985, had already organized the first national elections in 1992. The Commission is composed by 17 national commissioners and 17 assigned commissioners in each province, amounting to a nationwide total of 3,060 commissioners, and a permanent staff of approximately 1,800 employees.

Justice Dias Toffoli invited the president of the Angolan Commission to visit the TSE in order to oversee Brazilian elections on October 5. Brazil´s electronic voting and quick count of votes are benchmarks for other countries, and several international observers come to the country every time an election is held to watch the way it is organized and carried out.