TSE receives the visit of the National Elections Commission of the Republic of the Sudan

TSE receives the visit of representatives of the National Elections Commission of the Republic of the Sudan.

Representatives of the National Elections Commission of the Republic of the Sudan visited the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) on August 12 (Tuesday) in the afternoon. The purpose was to closely follow up the Brazilian electoral system and process and to execute a protocol of intentions for a future technical cooperation in elections.

On the first part of the visit, the president, Mukhtar Mohamed Mukhtar Elasam, and the secretary-general of the Sudanese commission, Galal Mohamed Ahmed Mahmoud, with the ambassador of the Republic of the Sudan, Abd Elgani Ehraim Elkarim Awad, and the minister-counselor of the embassy, Mohamed Yasin, were welcomed by the secretary-general of TSE chairmanship, Carlos Vieira von Adameck, and by the information technology secretary (STI) of the Electoral Court, Giuseppe Dutra Janino. The chief advisor for international affairs (AIN) of the Court, Tarcísio de Lima Ferreira Fernandes Costa, the ambassador Mauro Couto and the secretary Artur Machado attended the meeting, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRE).

The representatives of the Republic of the Sudan have watched a presentation concerning the electronic voting system adopted by Brazil and discovered more about the electronic voting machine and the biometric identification system that is being implemented in Brazil. According to the secretary Giuseppe Janino, the visitors showed admiration towards the apparatus assembled for the general elections of October. He stated: “They became aware of our solution and were very impressed”.

Afterwards, the president of TSE welcomed the party in his office. It was a chance for the minister Dias Toffoli to present the historical background, mission and work of the Brazilian Electoral Court System and inform the matters that are currently being discussed and that may be incorporated by the Brazilian election laws, such as campaign finance. Speaking on behalf of the Sudanese party, the president of the National Elections Commission, Mukhtar Mohamed Mukhtar Elasam, also presented part of the reality of the electoral process in his country. He pointed out that there, different than in Brazil, there are two separate agencies for organizing elections and for providing remedies.

At the end of the meeting, the minister Dias Toffoli and professor Mukhtar Elasam executed a memorandum of understanding between TSE and the National Elections Commission of the Republic of the Sudan. The chief advisor for international affairs (AIN) of the Court, Tarcísio de Lima Ferreira Fernandes Costa, explained when leaving the meeting: “It is a protocol of intentions defining some principles that may guide an occasional technical cooperation”. He said in conclusion: “At this time, a conceptual framework was created, so to allow us to identify areas that may be of interest for the Sudanese nation”.

On August 12, the Sudanese party also visited the Regional Electoral Court (TRE-DF), where they became familiarized with electronic voting, biometric identification and procedure for voting abroad adopted by Brazil. The Sudanese system also allows citizens to vote abroad in diplomatic representations.