From March 19 to 23, the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) carried out the Field Test for the Systems of Candidacies and Electoral Propaganda of 2018, in partnership with the Regional Electoral Court of Goias (TRE-GO). The Field Test aims to evaluate the functioning of the electoral systems but specifically those related to the register of candidacies and the political airtime. The meeting, which occurred at TRE Goiás, has also homologated the applications, as well as presented novelties of the systems and the current legislation to the civil servants of the Electoral Courts. One of the main focuses of the test was the integration of the Candidacies System (CAND) with the Electoral Judicial Procedure (PJe), in order to enable the first election with a process candidacies registry that is entirely electronic.
Beyond the members of TSE and TRE Goiás, there were also the representatives of the Electoral Courts of Mina Gerais, Santa Catarina, São Paulo, Mato Grosso, Rio de Janeiro, Federal District, Piauí, Amazonas, and Ceará. In regards to the test, the coordinator of TSE’s Electoral Systems, José Cruz, highlighted that “this an important work [...] a Candidacy Registry with well structured systems will imply in a safer and more secure election.”
According to Cleyton Melo, chief of Planning and TI Gestor of TRE-GO, “the Field Test aims to take advantage of all the expertise and knowledge of civil servers of the TRes with relation to the register of candidacies in order to find possible flaws that will be rectified by TSE’s team at the event.”
The focus of the tests were the basic fluxes of the applications and the integration with the different systems, with the maintenance of the integrity of entry and exit of data, which augments the quality and maturity if the electoral systems.
The tasks of the field test were divided in ten sceneries, with doubles in each region, composed by a technician from the field of Information Technology (IT) and a technician of the judiciary field, under the coordination of the Test Group of the Electoral Justice, composed by civil servers of the Superior Electoral Court.
IC/EM, with information from TRE-GO