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Brazil’s Senate develop a (shareable) app for remote voting

Innovative response

Brazil's Federal Senate has launched a 'Remote Deliberation System' which will allow members to identify, debate and vote remotely. The system is also designed to be replicated by other parliaments.

When a voting session starts, each senator receives a link through their mobile phone (on whatsapp). The link leads to a login page. After logging in, senators can see the options for voting on the current live bills. When a senator chooses one of these, the screen will then automatically prompt the senator to take a live selfie as a secondary authentication. Then, senators receive an SMS or whtasapp message with a code that senators must then enter in this platform to confirm their vote. Provisions have also been made in case their phones have limited reception.

Instructions can be seen here:

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

Brazil's senate have enabled digital voting through this new app, allowing remote votes to take place, therefore enabling the role of parliament to operate in this new difficult time.

Organisations/institutions involved

Brazilian Senate

Issues being addressed:

  • Governance responses
  • Public service delivery under new circumstances

Date Submitted:

28 April 2020