FGV joins World Network of Electoral Justice
Representatives from 28 countries and 16 organizations from the five continents participated in the first plenary session of the World Network of Electoral Justice, held on November 10 and 11, in Mexico. The Coordinator of the Center for Justice and Society (CJUS) of Rio de Janeiro Law School (Direito Rio), professor Michael Freitas Mohallem, represented FGV at the event, which focused on debates surrounding the challenges of democracy and dilemmas of electoral justice.
The event discussed a series of issues that plague the main democratic nations of the world. The participants discussed the current discontentment with the mechanisms for expression of citizenship and recognition of popular demands, egalitarian political participation, the impact of the digital revolution, the dilemmas of electoral justice, and political financing in elections.
Regarding the public financing of campaigns, Mohallem criticized the model that allows distributing resources among parties based on the number of votes in the last election. He mentioned the Brazilian example, which experienced a turnaround between the last election in 2014 and the upcoming 2018 elections, with the leaders of the country’s main political parties involved in corruption cases. He pointed out that the model is unfavorable to changes, since those are the parties that will receive the most resources, completely disregarding the current preferences of voters.
The meeting also presented the operating rules, work mechanisms, and thematic tracks that will be worked out by the World Network of Electoral Justice. FGV will act as an advisor to the international organization.