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Dominican Republic delegation is introduced to the Brazilian biometric registration system

On the morning of Wednesday (17), a delegation from the Dominican Republic currently visiting the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) was received at the Department of Information Technology (ITS) of the Court to check the details of Brazil's system that uses biometric data to register votes.

The logistics coordinator of the STI, Rafael Azevedo, presented technical details of the fingerprint collection procedure and took questions on the processing and storage of the information collected.

The delegation also includes technical officers from the Dominican Republic. They had access to the inner workings of the electronic voting machine. The delegation also visited to the NOC (Network Operation Center), which is the information-processing center of the TSE. The visitors were accompanied by the Secretary General of the Court's Presidency, Carlos Vieira von Adamek.

On the evening of Tuesday (16), the Dominican Republic delegation, led by the president of the country's Central Electoral Board, Roberto Rosario Márquez, was received (together with four other members) by TSE Chief Justice Dias Toffoli in the office of the Court's Presidency.

They watched a presentation on Brazil's experience with electronic voting and the inception of the biometric identification project, which began in 2008 through a pilot project. In that year, three municipalities identified their voters through fingerprints (Colorado do Oeste - RO, Fátima do Sul - MS and São João Batista - SC). At the time, more than 40,700 voters were re-registered with biometric info in these locations. Six years later, for the country's last elections held in 2014, more than 21 million Brazilians were identified biometrically, covering 764 cities of all states and the Federal District.

The Dominican Republic is one of the countries that has shown growing interest in adopting an electronic voting system similar to that of Brazil. A cooperation agreement has already been signed between the two countries so that they can work together in this direction.