Group of parliamentarians approved the self-convocation of the collegiate; if rejected by the committee, PEC cannot be evaluated in the plenary of the Chamber
One of the main political flags of the president Jair Bolsonaro, a PEC do printed vote, authored by the federal deputy Kicis Beer (PSL-DF), member of the government shock troops in Chamber of Deputies, may be barred this Friday, 16 – the collegiate meets at 3 pm. After successive postponements caused by the lack of votes in favor of changing the country’s voting system, a group of 18 incumbent deputies and one alternate against the bill articulated a self-convening of the committee that analyzes the proposal, with the aim of overturning the text at its birth , before the start of the parliamentary recess, this Saturday. Without the approval of the commission, the matter cannot be taken to the plenary of the House. “Today, at 3 pm, we will have a meeting of the special auditable printed voting committee. The meeting was self-convened by lawmakers opposed to the proposal. Let’s fight”, wrote the rapporteur, Filipe Barros (PSL-PR), on his Twitter profile.
The movement was headed by federal deputy Hildo Rocha (MDB-MA), head of the commission. The emedebista claims that most members believe that there would not be enough time to implement the change in the electoral system before the 2022 elections – for the change to take effect, the PEC needs to be approved in two rounds, in the Chamber of Deputies and in the Senate, before October this year. However, party leaders privately assess that Bolsonaro’s attacks on electronic voting machines have contaminated the processing of the matter. In his weekly live on May 6, the president stated that “if you don’t have a printed vote, it’s a sign that you won’t have the election.” “I think the message is given,” he added.
In an interview with Prime Time Zone in early July, the president of the commission, Paulo Eduardo Martins (PSC-PR), admitted that the report must be rejected by the deputies. “There was an atmosphere in the commission that pointed to a different direction, that is, there would not be much difficulty in approving the report. It turns out that there was an external movement, headed by the president of the TSE [ministro Luis Roberto Barroso] and the parties closed the matter, changed the members of the commission. That shuffled the game. What was peaceful became a difficulty. Today, the trend is of non-approval”, he said. The so-called “auditable printed vote” is even rejected by parties from the base of the government, such as the PP, PL and Republicans.
On June 26, presidents of 11 parties signed a commitment against changing the electoral system. Ciro Nogueira, from the PP; ACM Neto, from DEM; Valdemar Costa Neto, from PL; Marcos Pereira, from Republicans; Paulo Pereira da Silva, Paulinho da Força, from Solidariedade; Luciano Bivar, from PSL; Roberto Freire, from Citizenship; Whale Rossi, from the MDB; Gilberto Kassab, from the PSD; Bruno Araújo, from the PSDB; and Luís Tibé, from Avante. After the meeting, the acronyms move to try to stop the advance of the PEC and exchanged members of the commission, in order to reverse the pro-report majority.