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Brazil: Federal Police will use more than 100 drones to fight irregularities in the 2020 elections

Planning of Operation Clean Elections 2020 was discussed this Tuesday between security and electoral bodies


Federal Police will use more than 100 drones to fight irregularities in the 2020 elections

Nov 2, Brazil: The security of the November municipal elections this year will have something new: the use of drones. The equipment will be used by the Federal Police to monitor polling stations and thus prevent and suppress electoral crimes. The first and second round of elections is scheduled for November 15 and 29.


The drones have high definition cameras that get clear images at high altitude and will be used in electoral zones that in previous elections presented more problems. The Federal Police acquired more than 100 pieces of equipment that will be operated by police teams.



Drones will be able to identify, for example, traditional electoral crimes such as exit polls, vote-buying and irregular transportation of voters.


The planning of Operation Clean Elections was discussed on Tuesday (27) between representatives of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security and the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). In addition to the use of drones, health security measures that will be adopted due to Covid-19 were also presented.


“Our role in this regard is to prevent, above all. And the best way to prevent it is to be transparent with a society that today there is a technological instrument that allows the detection of irregular advertising through the internet ”, said the Minister of Justice and Public Security, André Mendonça.



Prevention health measures

According to the TSE, a commission was formed to establish a protocol for preventive health measures for Covid-19. On polling day, pollers will wear a mask and face shield and will receive a bottle of gel alcohol. Voters must wear a mask and have alcohol on hand to clean their hands before and after voting.


The TSE also informed that the protection items were acquired through a public-private partnership, with no costs for the electoral body.




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