The author of the PEC of the printed vote and president of the Chamber’s Constitution and Justice Committee, Deputy Bia Kicis (PSL-DF), associated the possible defeat of the opinion in the special committee with pressure from the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). In a demonstration on Sunday, 1st, in Brasília, the congresswoman criticized ministers of the TSE and the Federal Supreme Court and said that it is not up to them to decide how the counting of votes will be.
“The pressure is too great. When we approved the topic in committee, we had 33 votes to 5. The parliamentarians were all in favour. But the pressure coming from the TSE is very great”, said the deputy, referring to the approval of the admissibility of the PEC in the CCJ in 2019.
The appreciation of the subject was shelved by the then president of the Chamber, Rodrigo Maia. But the current, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), as a sign of his commitment to President Jair Bolsonaro, authorized the formation of the Special Commission to deal with the printed vote.
Initially, there was a majority to approve the PEC in the Commission. But in a coordinated move, center-right and center-right political parties swapped members who favored the issue for opposing parliamentarians. The idea is to stop the text at the birthplace and prevent it from going to the Plenary.
“In a commission of 34 parliamentarians, some 28, 30 were in favour. What they did, they switched members. They put deputies to pay mission, to defeat the PEC. But we can with the strength of the people on the streets. We can turn this score around”, said the congressman.
She also said that the defense of the auditable printed vote “is not a squabble”. “Our weapon right now is the printed, auditable vote. It is the people’s weapon. Respect the people, the minister of the Supreme and the TSE did not receive anyone’s vote, he doesn’t have to decide how the counting will be. We want auditable printed voting now. Public counting of votes already”, affirmed the parliamentarian.
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