MDB asks to suspend decision that standardized election time

The MDB filed a lawsuit with the Federal Supreme Court (STF) this Monday, 10, with a request for the Court to suspend a decision approved by the plenary of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). This is the resolution that standardized voting hours across the country. As of this year’s election, all states will have to follow Brasília time and its voting period from 8 am to 5 pm.

According to the MDB, the decision of the highest instance of the Electoral Justice violates fundamental precepts, such as the dignity of the human person. In the petition sent to the Supreme Court, signed by federal deputy Baleia Rossi (MDB-SP), the party argues that “the abrupt change in hours will cause several inconveniences for voters, poll workers, inspectors and political parties” in states such as Acre and Amazonas, that will have to open the polling stations respectively at 6 am and 7 am so that the population can vote.

“This sudden change in the time of the general elections will respectfully cause great inconvenience and real difficulties, not only for the organization of the elections, but for the population in general, poll workers and supervisors of political parties, who will have to move to the polling places before 6 am and 7 am and will have until 3 pm and 4 pm to vote and close their respective jobs, due to the two to three hour difference in the time zone in relation to Brasília”, says the MDB.

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During the vote on the resolution, TSE ministers defended the need for unification as a way to avoid conspiracy theories about the delay in unifying the results. The change was proposed by minister Edson Fachin, who will assume the presidency of the court next month. The current president of the Court, Luís Roberto Barroso, considered the measure delicate and likely to stimulate regional friction, but defended its approval as an attempt to protect the institution from attacks and disinformation campaigns.

“The difference in the closing time of voting produced interpretations, conspiracy theories and problems that we would like to avoid to ensure the tranquility of the Brazilian electoral process. Therefore, recognizing the difficulties that may arise, but confident in the good will of the authorities and the Acrean population, we are heading in the same direction as the proposition of Minister Edson Fachin and TSE will give Acre’s electoral authorities all the support to adapt the circumstances of the process election to national time”, said Barroso during the vote.

The MDB, however, highlights in the petition the fact that the proposal was considered and rejected by the TSE in 2018, under the light of the same arguments that were used for its approval in 2021. The party recalls that the resolution had six votes against and only one favorable four years ago. The understanding at that time was that the unification would bring difficulties to the organization of the elections.

The party therefore requests that a precautionary measure be granted to immediately suspend the decision of the TSE, in effect until the action has its merits judged by the Supreme Court. In the initial petition, the acronym also asks that the Attorney General’s Office (AGU) and the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) be heard.

“Issuing a regulation based on a punctual and supposed immediate need to remove any speculations regarding the delay in disclosing the results of the polls is shown to be absolutely inadequate and does not hold any reason. In addition, the measure contradicts the constitutional orientation that regional inequalities must be recognized and fought”, defended the MDB.

Check out the voting schedule in each state:

Acre: 6am to 3pm (local time)

Fernando de Noronha: 9 am to 6 pm (local time)

Amazonas, Rondônia, Roraima, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul and part of Pará: 7am to 4pm (local time)

Other locations: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (Brasilia time)

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