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(May 02, 2008) The Brazilian Superior Electoral Tribunal (Tribunal Superior Eleitoral - TSE) will soon vote on an opinion (parecer técnico) in response to a consultation formulated by Federal Deputy José Aparecido de Oliveira questioning the legality of political candidates' using blogs, spam, telemarketing, cell phone messages, and Web site banners and links as well as participating in chat rooms for the purpose of engaging in political campaigns. According to the document, if these situations are not foreseen in the electoral legislation, their practice is forbidden. To be valid, the legal opinion needs to be approved by a plenary session of the Justices of the TSE.

A recent resolution issued by the TSE (an administrative act regulating a specific issue under the tribunal's jurisdiction) restricted the use of the Internet in the coming municipal elections of October 2008. According to the resolution, a political candidate may only make use of a Web site specifically designed for his political campaign and the public may only have access to the site until two days before election day. The resolution also punishes violations of the electoral law that occur on the Internet due to the improper or abusive use of means of communication, an offense which in the past was restricted to the written media. (Técnicos do TSE Sugerem Restrição de Propaganda Eleitoral na Internet, OGLOBO (O)NLINE, Mar. 31, 2008.)

Author: Eduardo Soares More by this author
Topic: Elections and politics More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Brazil More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 05/02/2008