Justice Paulo Brossard - An advocate of party loyalty

Justice Paulo Brossard chaired the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) between 1992 and 1993.

In this week’s episode of the documentary series “A fresh look at the time – Memories of Democracy”, Justice Paulo Brossard, who chaired the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) between 1992 and 1993, talks about the history of Electoral Courts, and other recent events, including the electoral reform and political parties in Brazil. He has always liked politics and has already served as state representative and congressman. He takes a stand to defend the actions carried out by political parties. “I have always been a supporter of political parties, I have always valued their work. After the Libertarian Party terminated its activities, I did not file for membership in any other party. The party is like a living body. Its acronym may lose meaning, though. But nowadays, with a significant increase in the number of parties, or acronyms that are not actual parties, the existing environment no longer enables the parties to lead a significant political life, but, instead, compromises such possibility”.

In the second segment of the program, Justice Paulo Brossard engages in a conversation with Leonel Tozzi, a retired appellate judge, and explains the impacts of the Code of 1932 in Brazil’s electoral system. Additionally, he recalls that after having retired from the Federal Supreme Court, he once returned as counsel to that court in order to defend party loyalty. According to the former TSE president, the relationship established between politicians and political parties could be compared to the one established between soccer fans and soccer teams. “The loyalty of a fan of “Sport Club Internacional” or of “Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense” to their teams is unrestricted. I personally do not know of any fan of “Grêmio Foot-Ball Porto Alegrense” who became a fan of “Sport Club Internacional” or vice-versa. If political parties could count on 10% of the loyalty that soccer fans devote to their teams, they would gather all conditions to be great parties”, he notes.

The documentary series called “A fresh look at the time – Memories of Democracy” is an historical review of Brazil’s Electoral Court system. Former presidents of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), who helped build and strengthen Brazilian democracy, get to comment on the recent history of the Electoral Court system, narrate events that affected the country and share stories from behind the scenes. Testimonies of those who experienced moments that have defined the country’s advances and were connected with the relevance of the right to vote, the freedom to choose one’s democratic representatives, and the organization of clean and transparent elections.

The programs are posted on TSE’s official Youtube page (http://www.youtube.com/justicaeleitoral) after being broadcasted by the “TV Justiça” (Justice TV). [Translator’s Note1: The “TV Justiça”, or “Justice TV” in English, is a public television channel owned by Brazil’s judicial branch and operated by the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF). Aimed at promoting greater transparency of STF’s proceedings and decisions, the channel is mainly dedicated to the live broadcasting of the court’s judgments, but includes news, debates, documentaries and related programs in the schedule.]