Foreign officials interested in learning more about Brazil´s Electoral Court System and its electoral process visited the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) on August 20. Justice Dias Toffoli, president of the TSE, received in his office Alexander Wykeham, ambassador of the United Kingdom, accompanied by Andrew Ford, the British Embassy´s first secretary for Political Affairs. Next, the president of the TSE met with Scott Harris, secretary general of the Supreme Court of the United States, accompanied by a group of Brazilian students from Harvard University.
TSE visitors were particularly interested in learning more about Brazil´s electronic voting machine and Information Technology (IT) solutions that support the country´s electoral process. Secretary General Scott Harris tried the voting simulator and was impressed with the significance of all that he saw. “Everything is fascinating here”, he exclaimed when meeting with Justice Dias Toffoli. The British Ambassador was full of praise for what he saw when visiting the TSE. “The purpose of my visit was trying to get a deeper understanding of how a large and complex country like Brazil can deliver such outstanding results when it comes to elections”, he added.
When meeting with visitors, Justice Dias Toffoli stressed that, unlike countries in which different bodies are in charge of handling either the administrative or legal aspects of the electoral process; in Brazil, Electoral Courts are responsible for both organizing and implementing elections, in addition to settling any disputes that arise thereof. Finally, he added that the outcome of both visits was positive: “Upon leaving TSE´s facilities, visitors paid compliments to our country, and especially to our Electoral Court System, as it successfully organizes the elections and the electoral system”.
Court visitors were also attended by Justice Henrique Neves and Tarcisio de Lima Ferreira Fernandes Costa, head of the Unit of International Affairs of the TSE.