House and Senate discuss PEC of the vote printed this Monday – Prime Time Zone

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Deputies discuss final details of the bill in the special commission, while senators participate in a debate on the topic; reporter admits difficulties for approval

Pablo Valadares/Chamber of Deputies -10/03/2021Author of the article, Deputy Bia Kicis, regrets the attempt to weaken the proposal and reiterates that there is a move ‘against transparency’

The week is decisive for the future of PEC of the printed vote and the rapporteur admits difficulties in approving the text. The final details of the project will be discussed this Monday, 5, at the Special Committee and the vote should take place on Thursday. In recent days, presidents of 11 anti-change parties have tried to deflate the discussion by exchanging collegiate members. The document presented will recommend the adoption of the ballot box that allows the vote to be registered. The paper is placed in a sealed box, without manual contact with the voter, but it is allowed to check the information. THE Young pan, the rapporteur of the PEC, deputy Filipe Barros (PSL), admits that approval is threatened. “We hope that if the National Congress approves, if the parliamentarians understand the approval, we understand that it would not be up to the Supreme Court to declare the matter unconstitutional, since it is a matter that does not affect the clauses of our Constitution, which is why it would give rise to the declaration unconstitutional of a PEC”, he affirmed.

According to the parliamentarian, if the special commission rejects the PEC, a new project can only be presented in 2023. The author of the matter, deputy Kicis Beer (PSL), regrets the attempt to weaken the proposal and reiterates. “We are following it, seeing the exchange of members of the special commission, taking out who was in favor to put who will vote against, and this brings enormous damage to our electoral system. They are playing against transparency, they are playing against security and auditability. I can only say that this move should not be happening because of the interference of the Judiciary in the Legislative power”, said the congressman, who believes in last-minute articulations for the approval of the project in the special commission. For deputy Paulinho da Força, the union of 11 parties ends the discussion on the subject in Chamber of Deputies.

“First, vote buying can be generalized, according to the judicialization. And even at the time of voting, if someone wants to use trickery, they can say ‘I went back to a candidate and another one appeared’, then it would paralyze the election. So we decided to face this PEC already in the commission, so that we don’t have the risk of having to face this issue of the printed vote in plenary,” he said. In addition to the discussion in the Chamber, the Federal Senate promotes this Monday a debate on the printed vote. One of the guests is the president of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), Luís Roberto Barroso, who has already taken a stand against the proposal. If the project is approved by the special commission, the analysis by the plenary begins. Afterwards, the sequence of proceedings foresees the beginning of the debate by the senators.

*With information from reporter Lívia Fernanda