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Publications

1. VoICE International

VoICE international, a VoICE.NET e-publication, was released by Dr Nasim Zaidi, the Chief Election Commissioner of India at the International Seminar on ‘Strategies on Empowering Young and Future Voters’ held on 24th January, 2017 at New Delhi, India. This quarterly global magazine on Voter Information, education and participation was launched on VoICE.NET platform as a part of the National Voters’ Day celebration. The theme of the inaugural issue of VoICE International was akin to the seminar ‘Empowering Young and Future Voters’. VoICE.NET (Voter Information, Communication and Education Network) is a global knowledge network on voter education with twenty three members which includes Election Management Bodies (EMBs) and other international institutes such as International IDEA, UNDP and IFES. VoICE.NET emanated from the collective resolve of participating EMBs, international institutions and experts in the form of the Delhi Declaration, the two laudable achievements of the October 2016 International Conference on ‘Voter Education for Inclusive, Informed and Ethical Participation’ held at New Delhi.

2. Unfolding Indian Elections – JOURNEY OF THE LIVING DEMOCRACY

Unfolding Indian Elections – Journey of the Living Democracy, is a coffee table book that has been put together painstakingly by Election Commission as a tribute to the nation and the people on the occasion of its 70th year of independence and has been published by the Publications Division. It is an election memoir celebrating the spirit of participatory democracy and capturing memories through the years. The book traces the long journey of the evolution of elections– bringing to light through rare photographs, not just how Election Commission planned and conducted the elections, but also emphasises the uniqueness, conceptual development and people’s enthusiasm for them. Thematically organized 11 sections with a set of photos and a concise chapter takes the reader through the journey of elections.

3. INSIDE THE BALLOT

A genuinely Brazilian equipment, the electronic ballot box was created to add ease, agility, transparency and security to the electoral process, eliminating the risk of fraud, which historically placed the results of the elections under suspicion. Both the hardware of the ballot boxes and the various programs that integrate the electronic voting system were designed and built under the guidance of the Superior Electoral Court. In addition to telling the story of the process of computerizing the vote in Brazil, the booklet aims to clarify the main doubts of the voters regarding the moment of voting and to present the various procedures performed to ensure the security of the elections, including the tests and the Audits made in the system.

4. WOMEN IN BRAZIL – FEMALE VOTE.

Considering that elections have taken place in Brazil since the first Portuguese village was founded in America in 1532, we find that women have exercised political rights for a very short time. So, how to explain the current scenario in which women occupy important elective positions and represent a majority in the Brazilian electorate? This question leads to others: when were these rights extended to women? What was discussed in the battles for the female vote? Why did not you fight for this right in the past? To answer these questions, one must investigate the different ways in which the exercise of the vow has been experienced by men and women in these almost 500 years of electoral history.

5.ELECTION REPORT 2014

With approximately 143 million voters1, Brazil is the 4th largest democracy in the world. The Electoral Justice, through the regional electoral courts, the electoral judges and the servants of the Judiciary, works to guarantee these voters the freedom to vote; To ensure that the voter who appears on the day of the election is actually the registered voter; And so that the vote given is, in fact, the vote cast. The purpose of the 2014 Election Report is to provide transparency to the main information and activities related to the electoral process, with numbers and data relating to that election, without, however, making any analysis or comparison with previous data, and without attributing any Information. The report is an information tool delivered to voters on data from all stages of the electoral process. It corroborates, therefore, the mission of the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE), which contributes to consolidate the constitutional role of the Electoral Justice, among others, to provide citizens with reports on the election, in a clear and independent way from previous analysis of previous data.

6. ELECTIONS IN BRAZIL: A 500-YEAR HISTORY

This is the motive of this work: almost five centuries of elections, since 1532. In five hundred years of history, there were disputes, conquests of rights, moments of authoritarianism and cries for freedom. There were many obstacles and the actors involved in the electoral processes developed during this period. The act of voting has already been seen as an indication of superiority and an instrument of control exercised by the powerful. In other times, nobility, income, gender and literacy were some of the exclusion criteria of the select group of former voters. This book materializes the effort of the Electoral Justice directed to the rescue of the memory. The team responsible for the Museum of the Superior Electoral Court, in carrying out this work, reconstructs an important part of the Brazilian electoral history, reinforcing the vocation of this Specialized Justice to be at the service of Brazilian citizens.