Senate Approves Eligibility of Politicians With Irregular Accounts

Public managers who did not offer damage to public coffers will be able to compete in the elections with the payment of a fine

Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ Agência Brasil49 senators voted for the eligibility of politicians

O Senate approved by 49 votes to 24 on Tuesday, the 14th, a complementary bill (PLP) exempts managers who have had accounts deemed irregular without imputation of debt from ineligibility. Thus, public managers whose accounts were disapproved, but without damage to public coffers, will be able to dispute the elections with the payment of a fine. The project had already gone through Chamber and now goes to presidential sanction. Authored by deputy Lucio Mosquini (MDB-RO), the bill makes the current norm more flexible under the allegation that the electoral justice has been giving contradictory decisions in the authorization of candidacies under the current regulation. He adds that the penalty for fine has been applied to small infractions that would not justify the ineligibility. Currently, the legislation prohibits the election for eight years, for any position, of the manager whose accounts in the exercise of public positions or functions were judged, in an unappealable decision, “for an irremediable irregularity that constitutes an intentional act of administrative improbity”.

Rapporteur of the text in the Senate, Marcelo Castro (MDB-PI), considered that the PLP prevents “mere formal errors, with little offensive potential, which do not result in damage to the treasury”, deprive public agents of the right to be voted. For him, the proposition ratifies a consolidated understanding in the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). Some senators expressed dissatisfaction with the bill, claiming that the bill could violate the Clean Record Law, which mobilized society when it was created. Castro argued that his report removes “subjectivisms” in law enforcement and denied any threat to law enforcement. Clean Sheet Law in its essence.

*With information from Agência Brasil

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