Court will create an external commission with members of civil society and public institutions to oversee the functioning of the electoral system
the president of Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Luis Roberto Barroso, announced on Thursday, 12, new measures to increase the transparency of electronic voting machines. Among the initiatives announced, Barroso informed that the source codes – programs inserted in the ballot box to allow voting and the totalization of votes – will be opened to parties from October 1st this year. Previously, the time available for inspection was six months before elections were held. “The reality is that the parties did not attend or nominate their technicians. So it was in the 2016, 2018, 2020 elections, no party came to inspect. One could imagine that it’s a party’s denial, but no. It was the confidence they had in the system and, therefore, they didn’t even feel obligated to come here to see how it was being done”, said the minister.
The TSE also announced the creation of an external commission with members of civil society and public institutions to oversee the functioning of the electoral system. The group will include professors in the area of computing at USP, Unicamp UFPE, as well as members of Transparência Eleitoral Brasil, Institute of Technology and Society (ITS), Open Knowledge Brasil, Federal Court of Accounts (TCU), Electoral Public Ministry (MPE) ), National Congress, Brazilian Bar Association (OAB), Federal Police and Armed Forces. According to Barroso, the commission will have free access to the Court’s people and equipment to help plan transparency measures and audit every step of the electoral process. The minister also informed that the TSE’s Information Technology Secretariat is carrying out a study to increase the number of ballot boxes that are independently audited during the Integrity Test. On the eve of the election, 100 random ballot boxes will be drawn to collect voters’ votes on paper ballots. At the same time, the vote will be registered in the electronic ballot box in an environment controlled and filmed by cameras. The minister stated that, in this simulated vote, there was never any discrepancy between what was marked on the paper ballot and what was printed on the ballot paper.