2018 Elections: programs used in the election dispute can be verified by institutions and by the civil society

Programas usados nas eleições

From today (6th) until September, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the computer programs that will be used in the 2018 electronic voting system will be open for analysis and verification. A structure was assembled in the subsoil of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) in order to receive the institutions, mentioned in Resolution n. 23,550/2017, which are interested in participating in the process.

The people and institutions that are allowed to have an anticipated access to info on specification and development of source codes are inspectors of political parties and technicians of the Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), the Supreme Federal Court (STF), the National Congress, the Office of the Comptroller General (CGU), the Federal Police, the Brazilian Computer Society, the Federal Council of Engineering and Agronomy (CONFEA) and the university departments of Information Technology.

The event, which precedes the ceremony of the digital signing and sealing of the systems, “meets one of the main pillars of the elections, which is to give total transparency to the electoral system developed by the Electoral Justice,” explains TSE’s Counsellour of Support and Administration of the Secretariat of Information Technology, Elmano Alves. He stressed the importance of the civil society’s participation and mainly the participation of the political parties in the process, which usually has little participation.

“With the social media, fake news about frauds and vulnerability have been spreading. The participation of the political parties is very important since they are interested in making the inspection and demystifying the falsehoods. It is an opportunity so that they can accompany and verify if there is a possibility of vulnerability or not,” highlighted TSE’s Counsellor.

As a representative of the Federal Council of Engineering and Agronomy, the manager of the institution’s Information Technology, Renato Gonçalves Barros, has been on the first day of the codes’ opening and stated that he is available to collaborate with the process.

“Our intention as a public entity, a federal autarchy, is to contribute to the process. We know that transparency is strong and that we can help in order to improve the systems, Confea will do so,” he said.