Brazil: Deadline for municipal candidates to be elected

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Brasília, Sep 16 (Prensa Latina) The deadline for political party conventions to choose candidates for the positions of mayor, vice mayor and councilor in the 2020 municipal elections ends today in Brazil.

It is expected that the Electoral Justice will confirm 500 thousand candidacies throughout the country.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the parties have the option, for the first time in history, of holding the assemblies virtually.

In addition to the digital convention, to comply with medical and health recommendations it will be possible to enter the minutes, register the candidates and send everything through the Internet to the Electoral Justice.

The virtual format can also be adopted to define the criteria for the distribution of the resources of the Special Campaign Fund, and wide publicity must be guaranteed to all its members regarding dates and measures to be adopted.

Political organizations will have autonomy to use the technological tools they consider most appropriate for their conventions, as long as they comply with the deadlines applicable to elections and the general rules established.

The National Congress postponed in July the date of the municipal ones, initially scheduled for October, and marked them for November by Covid-19.

Therefore, the first round was moved from October 4 to November 15. The date of the second round was moved from October 25 to November 29.

The Superior Electoral Court has the prerogative to set the schedule for the electoral sessions, as well as possible measures for voter participation in the meetings to minimize the risks of crowding on voting days.

The parties must choose candidates through the conventions before this Wednesday and the records of the candidates will be accepted before the 26th of this month.

Also, on that last day, election advertising, including on the Internet, will be allowed to begin.

At the polls, more than 150 million voters would choose mayors, vice-mayors and councilors from the 5,568 municipalities in Brazil.

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