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Programa teixeira de freitas 2018/1

Law students from Colombia and Chile visit TSE

This Tuesday (10th), the Superior Electoral Court has received Law students from Colombia and Chile.  The visit is part of the Texeira de Freitas Program, an initiative of the Supreme Federal Court (STF) that, since 2009, promotes the interexchange of Law students amongst countries of Mercosur and associates that have an agreement with the University of Brasília (UnB).

During the meeting, Silvana Riveros, Catalina Guerrero, and Macarena Rivas, from Chile, Marissa Fuentes, Dina Ricón and Diego Armando Iglesias, from Colombia, had the opportunity to learn about the Brazilian electoral system in a profound way.

This is the first time that students from Colombia participate in the program.  During the interexchange, they remain to study for six months at Unb and do an internship in STF.

At TSE, the students have watched a presentation on the current Electoral System of the country and on the structure of the Brazilian Electoral Justice. Furthermore, they have participated in a demonstration of the electronic voting machine, simulating a voting, and have even visited the Museum of Vote. 

The group was received by the Secretary General of the Presidency of TSE, Carlos Eduardo Frazão, and by the Chief-advisor of the Court’s Advisory of International Affairs (AIN), Ciro Leal.

According to the Secretary General, the Constitutional Court of Colombia is one of the references in Brazil, especially in terms of Human Rights, and this interexchange amongst the countries is enriching.

“The TSE has two main functions: organizing the elections and judging the cases that involve candidates, parties, and coalitions. I wish that, after the visit, you can spread, throughout the world, how the electronic voting machine is trustworthy, since there are audit mechanisms for the voting machine, before and after the vote, which are done simultaneously.  I hope you all come back with great impressions on the Electoral Justice and of Brazil,” Frazão said.

Dialogue

The Program is a stimulus to the cooperation, which values the creation of a regional academic dialogue, in the judicial field, of countries from Mercosur and associates.  Its intention is to construct and expand a common understanding, which can help to strengthen the efforts for economic integration, as well as promoting the education and recycling of students from countries of Mercosur and associates.

To André Wollman, of the Advisory of International Affairs of STF, the tendency is to cover, even more, the Latin American countries with the initiative.  “That is our main strategy. In 2019, the program will complete ten years.  The visit to TSE is certainly one of the best since it presents the students with a very profound content on Electoral Justice,” he highlighted.

During the visit, the chief of AIN, Ciro Leal, has stated that Brazil has substantial differences with Colombia and Chile - countries that do not have electronic voting.  “For this reason, there is much interest for the electronic voting machine.  The Brazilian elections are really a great feat.  It is impressive that a country as big as Brazil is able to do such fast and efficient elections, in terms of results, and by a simple and safe mean, which is the electronic voting machine,” he highlighted.

Evaluation

Student Catalina Guerrero remembered that in Chile the vote is physical and she was excited about the electronic voting machine.  “I thought it was interesting but much faster and modern, like everything in the world nowadays.  It is easier, simpler, we just need to type the numbers, without the necessity to write something, which is great,” she said.

Diego Iglesias, from Colombia, agreed with the colleague and highlighted that, as a pioneer student, he was very happy for meeting Brazil and the Court.  “This is the first time that students from my country have participated in the program.  Brazil is a great country, with marvelous people.  The voting system is very different from my country, which implements the electronic voting because we have a great problem with corruption,” he stated.

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