The implementation of the Electronic Judicial Process (PJE) system in the first level of jurisdiction is one the Electoral Justice’s goals for this year. According to the schedule approved by the Presidency of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), the introduction of PJe in more than 3 thousands electoral circumscriptions across the country will take place from October to December 2019.
“For the effective implementation, TSE is working on the development a 2.1. version of the PJe system. Experimentation will be carried out in the Court, from 23rd to 25th April. Public servants from the Regional Electoral Courts and on employee from each electoral circumscription of each State were invited to it so the system can be tested”, Simone Holanda Batalha, Chief-Advisor of PJe, said.
The studies are being developed by a Work Group named GT-PJe Zonas. The official trainings with public servants and magistrates will be held by means of Long distance Education (Educação à Distância- EaD in Portuguese) from June, comprising the two first steps for introducing the system.
As stated by Simone, the main challenge consists of handling the electoral circumscriptions users a functional and completed system once time is short for developing a complex mechanism suitable for working on the most distant locations.
“Breaking the paradigm is, without any doubt, another challenge to be faced”, the Advisory Chief of PJe added. This is because, according to her, nowadays, there is a great amount of servants that aren’t using the system yet and are going to perform their activities throughout the electronic tool later this same year.
An electoral circumscription is a geographically limited region of a State managed by an Electoral Notary Office which gathers and coordinates voters there settled. It can be composed of more than a Municipality or by part of one. Normally, it follows the division of the State Justice’s court districts.
Every new process originated in TSE, in the Regional Electoral Courts, in the Electoral Corregidor General Office or in the Regional Corregidor Offices is already pushed through exclusively by the PJe. The Superior Electoral Court began using the technology on 24th August 2015, after the issuance of Resolution TSE n. 23,417/2014.
In 2016, the elections candidacies registration started being included by electronic means. Thus, the procedure which used to take days took only a few minutes.
On the other hand, in the 2018 Elections, the initiative was broaden to all the Regional Courts. Once the requests for registering candidacies have been recorded on CANDex, they become automatically included in the PJE, starting the deadline counting foreseen by Law.
“The PJe has been widely welcome by TSE’s and TRE’S users and has shown performance above the expected during the 2018 Elections. It enables the automatic request for registering candidacies and for rendering electoral accounts on the system and a faster judging over these demands”, Simone noted.
Pushing through the files on a digital environment also allows an wide access to process documents by more than one interested person at the same time, independently of where they are, beyond making it possible for the contenders to obtain more agile and transparent answers.