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Remote Deliberation and Voting: Parliament Cannot Stop

Innovative response

In order to discuss and vote on important issues during the new coronavirus pandemic, the Federal Senate was the first parliament in the world to hold its first deliberative session for remote voting on 20 March.
On March 24, the House implemented the Remote Deliberation System (SDR). Through the platform, parliamentarians can debate and vote via video and audio. The system, which can be used both on a cell phone and on a personal computer, can serve the voting needs of the National Congress. While the pandemic persists, the Senate will continue deliberating in remote sessions.

Specific issues addressed and anticipated impact

The purpose of the measure was to enable the continuity of parliamentary work following the recommendations made to avoid the crowding of people.

Organisations/institutions involved

Brazilian Federal Senate

Level(s) of government:
  • National/Federal government

Issues being addressed:

  • Public service delivery under new circumstances

Response contact:

[email protected]

Date Submitted:

1 April 2020