The president of the Superior Electoral Court, Luiz Edson Fachin, determined this Tuesday (21) the initiation of an administrative process in order to monitor the inspection and audit procedures of the electronic voting system during this year’s elections.
The initiation of the process was a reaction to two letters sent the day before to Fachin by the Ministers of Defense and Justice, Paulo Sérgio Nogueira and Anderson Torres, respectively.
Torres informed the president of the TSE that the Federal Police will participate in the inspection of electronic voting machines and may use its own programs for this purpose. Nogueira asked for an exclusive meeting between technicians from the Armed Forces and the TSE to deal with the operational part of the elections, in order to “settle any technical differences” and “discuss the proposals presented by the Armed Forces”.
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The initiatives of the two government ministers were adopted in the context of the suspicions – without evidence – that President Jair Bolsonaro usually casts about the electoral system and electronic voting machines.
A pre-candidate for reelection, but behind PT Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in all polls, Bolsonaro even suggested a parallel count of the elections by the Armed Forces.
Specialists and authorities, including PF experts, always point out that the electronic voting machine is safe, the votes are auditable, and several Brazilian state bodies participate in all stages of the inspection process, such as the PF itself and the National Congress.
According to a TSE source with whom the blog spoke, the opening of the administrative process by Fachin is a reaction to the letters of the Defense and Justice ministers and a way of demonstrating that, according to the court’s resolution, all entities and institutions involved in the security of the electoral process will be able to appoint technical representatives to supervise the elections in an equal way — without granting differentiated attributions to the Armed Forces and the Federal Police.
“The most important thing is to show that it is the TSE that defines how and when the inspection will be carried out. And everyone will be able to supervise in the same way, without any difference in relation to the PF or the Armed Forces”, this source explained.