An agreement that aims the collaboration between institutions in the areas of research, training for jurisdictional activities and strengthening of democracy was signed on Monday (20) between the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), and the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judicial Branch of Mexico (TJEPF). The signing ceremony took place in the Office of the President of the TSE, in Brasília.
According to the president of TSE, Justice Gilmar Mendes, this "is a starting point for a broad joint work, whose implementation we want to start as soon as possible". As Justice Mendes explained, the exchange of information could lead to cases of excellence adopted by a court as an experience for another court that participates in the agreement. He cited as an example "the jurisdictional determination of irregularities, the improvement in voter identification through biometrics and the efficient evaluation of accounts with database crossing", among others.
"I am sure that the agreements signed today are important pieces for the construction of electoral institutions increasingly capable of facing these and other challenges for the benefit of democracy," he emphasized. "As the two largest democracies in Latin America, Brazil and Mexico have much to teach and learn from each other. We are proud of our achievements and, at the same time, aware of the importance of further strengthening our institutions", said the TSE president, noting that "democracy is a work in progress subject to new and old challenges".
In his speech, Justice Gilmar Mendes stressed that, today, there is a strong disbelief of politics, which makes room for retrogressions of various natures. It is therefore up to the institutions to "double down on representative democracy, reaffirming their unwavering commitment to strengthening and disseminating it."
In addition to Justice Gilmar Mendes, the Secretary-General of IDEA, Yves Leterme, and Judge of the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judicial Branch of Mexico, Luis Vargas Valdés, also signed the agreement.