Representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS), currently in Brazil for a preliminary visit to the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) that will accompany the Brazilian General Elections of 2018, attended, last Thursday (23rd), the plenary session held at the Superior Electoral Court. On that occasion, the president of TSE, Justice Rosa Weber, remarked the presence of OAS representatives at the Plenary and reaffirmed the Court’s commitment with the intents of the Mission.
Justice Weber affirmed that cooperating with electoral observers has been a common and positive practice at the hemispheric context and signalled the renewed commitment with strengthening democracy in the region. The delegation, in Brazil at the invitation of the Brazilian government, aims at cooperating with electoral authorities, assessing aspects of the electoral process that can be fortified and identifying good practices for sharing with other countries in the hemisphere.
After the plenary session, the OAS delegation was received by the Vice President of TSE, Justice Luís Roberto Barroso. On Friday (24th), the delegation had an intense schedule including meeting with Deputy Electoral Attorney-General, Humberto Jacques, presentation of the electronic voting system and demonstration of the Electronic Voting Machine. Afterwards, the representatives of OAS met with the President of TSE, Justice Rosa Weber.
According to the Head of the EOMs and former President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, this is a technical mission composed by specialists in areas of high interest, such as electoral financing, Electoral Justice, participation of women in politics, accessibility to persons with disabilities, electoral organization and use of technologies in the electoral process. “We know that Brazil has very solid electoral institutions, and our fundamental desire is to cooperate with the electoral authorities”, affirmed Laura Chinchilla.