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Dominican Republic Delegation gets to know biometric reader-equipped electronic voting machines

A large number of nations are keen on studying Brazil's electronic voting system. The Dominican Republic is one of such, having shown great interest in the system. The country has been discussing initiatives to strengthen the existing cooperation between the two countries with the Chief Justice of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Dias Toffoli. An example of that cooperation was the meeting held on the afternoon of Tuesday (16 June) at the Court's headquarters with the Chairman of the Central Electoral Board of the Dominican Republic (JCE), Roberto Rosário Márquez, who visited the country with four other members of the Board to learn more on about the biometric reader-equipped electronic voting machine.

On the Brazilan side, the Secretary-General of the Chief Justice's Office, Carlos Vieira von Adamek, the Director-General of the TSE, Leda Marlene Bandeira, the Information Technology (IT) Secretary Giuseppe Janino and the International Affairs Adviser to the Court, Tarcisio Costa, made a presentation on Brazil's experience with biometric identification and the electronic voting machine. According to the IT Secretary, the purpose of the meeting was to share Brazil's experience of biometric identification with the group, a program that began in 2008 through a pilot project.

“Based on that project and the extremely positive results, we developed a plan to register 100% of the Brazilian electorate. In 2010, we already had 1.2 million registered voters. In 2012, that number was already at approximately 20.8 million, and in the 2014 elections we arrived at approximately 23 million voters with biometric information on file", said the secretary.

For him, the project has countless positive points. “It enhances the credibility of the voter's identification at the polling station and affords greater legitimacy to the country’s electoral register, which is the largest in Latin America. That is why this experience by the Brazilian Electoral Justice System is well regarded worldwide," said Giuseppe.

According to the International affairs Adviser of the TSE, the Court already has a relationship established with the Central Electoral Board of the Dominican Republic, which started a few years ago. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed even before the second round of elections last year, and the two countries have been working together since. “Chief Justice Toffoli has been to the Dominican Republic twice, and the Chairman of the Board, Roberto Rosario Márquez, has also been here for the first round of elections last year. Therefore, this visit is another step forward, this time to better understand the Brazilian biometric system," he said.

Invitation

After the meeting, Chief Justice Dias Toffoli received the group in his office. On the occasion, the chairman of the Dominican Electoral Board made a formal invitation to the Chief Justice of TSE to be one of the keynote speakers at the Electoral World Conference, which be held in Santo Domingo (the Dominican Republic capital) in August this year. “This meeting today continues on the work of the Memorandum of Understanding the Dominican Republic and Brazil signed last year to exchange experiences and detect good administrative practices of each country's electoral systems. Our intent is to consolidate and strengthen democracy in our country," said Mr. Rosario Márquez.

The presentation to be given by Chief Justice Dias Toffoli at the World Electoral Conference will be on technology in electoral systems.