On October 26, the day a second round of voting of the 2014 Elections was held, Justice Dias Toffoli, president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), followed real-time updates of the counting of votes cast by Brazilian citizens to choose the country´s President and the governors of 13 Brazilian States and the Federal District. The counting of votes was carried out at the Court´s headquarters in Brasília. Next to TSE´s president and Justices, the counting of votes and result processes were followed by Ricardo Lewandowski, Chief Justice of the Federal Supreme Court (STF); Marcus Vinícius Furtado Coêlho, president of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB); Eugênio Aragão, Deputy Prosecutor General before the TSE; members of diplomatic missions of many different countries; and three lawyers from each presidential coalition, namely that of Dilma Rousseff and of Aécio Neves.
At 5 p.m., guest authorities gathered at the office of the president of the TSE to follow the counting of votes for governors in states where a run-off was held. As of 8 p.m. onwards, guests met at the 2014 Elections Disclosure Center, a space set up to attend national and international press, and got to follow the disclosure of the counting of votes cast to elect the country´s president. After that, the authorities and hundreds of journalists that were attending the event took part in a press conference organized by Justice Dias Toffoli and by Justice João Otávio de Noronha, head of the Disciplinary Board of the Electoral Court System.
After the conference, the president of the TSE and Justice Luciana Lóssio accompanied guest authorities to TSE´s Information Technology Secretariat (STI), and complimented Court employees and STI supporters for the efforts that led to the successful organization of the 2014 Elections. Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, former president of the TSE, took the opportunity to emphasize that technicians and analysts of the Technology department of the Court performed their duties “with a great deal of commitment”.
The national president of the OAB pointed to the important role played by Electoral Courts in the design of the “civil registration of Brazilian citizens” – a document that should feature a unique identity number for each citizen. That project entails the expansion of biometric registration of voters at Electoral Courts as a means to implement a single information system across the country; one that could be even used by public security institutions as citizens would no longer need to issue different ID cards in each Brazilian State and the Federal District. “I pointed to that feature after being introduced to the dynamics and the responsibility required from TSE´s employees when performing their duties. These employees, especially those from the IT sector, comply with standards of excellence in the development of their activities, ensuring Brazilian citizens that their work is safe and reliable. Thus, we already count on a driven team that is also prepared to continue this project. As a matter of fact, the TSE has already advanced much with respect to the framework of this project”, said Marcus Vinícius Furtado Coêlho.
A total of 101 diplomats from 72 countries and the European Union got to visit the TSE in order to follow real-time updates of the counting of votes cast in the 2014 Elections. The program prepared by the Court comprised lectures addressing the characteristics of Brazilian elections, which were delivered by Giuseppe Janino, secretary of Information Technology, and Justice Henrique Neves. The visiting delegations also joined a guided tour at the National Voting Rights Museum.