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The Superior Electoral Court Revokes Change in Election Poll

03/09/2018 - 10h54

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REYNALDO TUROLLO JR.
FROM BRASÍLIA

The Superior Electoral Court (TSE ) decided to revoke, on Thursday (8), changes made last week to a resolution on election polls. The changes had been criticized by research institutes and associations which believed they could impose restrictions to the press.

During an administrative session of the court, TSE's president, justice Luiz Fux, stated that the change brought legal uncertainty regarding its reach, which goes against the court's purpose of creating clear rules.

"Our duty is to prevent legal questions and uncertainties," said Fux, when he proposed to revoke the changes to the resolution. The court unanimously approved the revocation.

On Monday (5), the Electronic Court Gazette published the TSE's decision to add the following paragraph to a resolution carried in December: "Questions not related to election matters are forbidden in questionnaires used or to be used in public opinion polls."

The change to such resolution triggered off a reaction from research institutes and associations, which considered the rule highly subjective and, ultimately, likely to censor questions related to the election process, but not necessarily about vote intentions.

For example, voters' approval or disapproval regarding controversial matters would not be included in polls.

Translated by ANA BEATRIZ DEMARIA

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