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International Guests will follow the 2016 Municipal Elections

It has been published in Federal Official Gazette on Thursday (28th), the technical cooperation agreement signed between the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) and the Association of Brazilian Magistrates (AMB) for the hosting of the event “Elections 2016 - International Guests”. The partnership will allow several international authorities to follow the activities related to the October 2nd election dispute.

The agenda includes lectures on the political overview and the Brazilian electoral system, visits to the TSE's Vote Museum, National Congress, Supreme Federal Court and the Itamaraty Palace. In the eve of the first round, the foreign visitors will attend a presentation on the organization of this year's elections and on Sunday, day of the election dispute, they will follow the voting in electoral sections defined by the Regional Electoral Court (TRE) of the State of Goiás. 

 “We already had agreements with the TRE (Regional Electoral Court) of Goiás to foster all support to the attending foreign guests, in order for them to verify the voting process [in that state] and later here in Brasilia to verify the electronic counting of the votes”, stated the Head of the TSE's International Affairs Advisory (AIN), Ambassador Cézar Amaral.

Invitations will be sent to representatives of electoral agencies from 117 countries of five Continents (America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania), as well as institutions such as the United Nations (ONU), the International Institute for the Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), Union of South American Nations (Unasul) and the Organization of American States (OEA), among others.

“It is not a supervision. We are inviting foreign representative so that they can see our practices and our elections, in order to establish a certain standard of understanding among the electoral courts and to verify that we have an excellent capacity of organizing elections with total control on voter registrations, with a highly efficient counting process. Therefore, it is an opportunity for Brazil to demonstrate that it has the capacity to fulfill its obligations and its electoral legislation”, pondered the Head of AIN.