Electoral Court System sends technical cooperation mission to Guinea-Bissau

The Superior Electoral Court's building.

The legislative and presidential elections in Guinea-Bissau, expected to take place on March 16, receive the assistance of a technical mission already sent by the Electoral Court System of Brazil in order to prepare the election dispute. The request made to the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) was formalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE), and the president of the Court, minister Marco Aurélio, was the one who decided to provide cooperation.
 
The staff consists of six technicians from different areas. Three of them are from TSE, while the others are from the Regional Electoral Court of Minas Gerais (TRE/MG), with the main purpose of contributing to the assembly of a database of registered voters, in addition to providing assistance to the training of local technicians for processing the information. The Advisor for International Affairs of the TSE, Tarcisio Costa, explained: “It is a country with many difficulties and our mission has such focus, but of course the technicians area available to extend their collaboration to other aspects while preparing the elections”.

The group is already in the African country, where it will remain until the date of dispute (03/16). Within such term, there may be replacement of professionals, but there will be no interruption whatsoever to the mission’s works. Since 2004, TSE has sent six staffs of technicians of the Electoral Court System of Brazil in order to provide assistance to the Electoral Court System of Guinea-Bissau. The assistance consists of providing know-how, excluding the assignment of equipment or of electronic voting machines.

In 2010, on the occasion of the visit of international observers that accompanied the elections in Brazil, a Joint Statement between the Court and the Community of Portuguese Language Speaking Countries (CPLP) was signed, which serves as a framework for the cooperation Brazil has been providing in this field to Portuguese-speaking countries.

Democracy

The elections of Guinea-Bissau are deemed extremely important since they will mark the African country’s return to democracy, after the coup d’état that took place in April 2012.
The CPLP and the United Nations (UN) are also involved in such electoral process, alongside the Brazilian technical cooperation mission. The Advisor for International Affairs of the TSE stressed the following fact: “Our system is respected by many and Brazil is an important country among the Portuguese-speaking countries”.

In addition to sending technical or electoral follow-up missions, the Superior Electoral Court also receives international parties that are interested in knowing the Brazilian electoral system in detail.