Justice from the TSE integrates electoral observation mission in Colombia

Carlos Eduardo Frazão

The Justice of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) Sérgio Banhos will be a part of an Election Observation Mission organized by the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations (Uniore) to accompany Colombia’s legislative elections. The neighbor country’s election dispute will happen this Sunday (11th).

The Colombians will elect the representatives for 102 seats of the Senate and 166 of the Chamber of Deputies. This will be the first election after the peace treaty approved by the Colombian Congress at the end of 2016, which enabled the emergence of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, created from the demobilissation of the guerrilla of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

“It is very important that Brazil is participating in the observation process of Colombia’s elections; especially, in this first election that happens after a long process of peace,” the Justice noted.

The programming will begin this Friday (9th) with the lectures: The importance of the Internatioal Election Observation - cooperation structure amongst Electoral Organizations; Pre-electoral, electoral and post electoral inovations for the 2018 Congress elections; and Challenges and expectations of the National Electoral Congress before the 2018 Electoral Congress.

This Saturday (10th), the day before the election dispute, the international missions of election observation will already be held, beyond the technical and evaluative meetings about the Colombian legislative elections.

According to Colombia’s National Electoral Counsel, the observation missions have the role of accompaning and impartialy verifying the electoral process, enabling the horizontal cooperations between the International Electoral Organizations.

Beyond the group organized by Uniore - of which TSE’s representative is part of -, the Colombian legislative elections will also count with the Electoral Mission of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur).