TSE asks government to change the start of Daylight Saving Time 2018 due to elections

In a statement issued on its website, the TSE explains that "the reason for the request is to ensure that the different existing time zones in Brazil, do not cause delays in the counting of votes.
17/11/2017 17h27 - Updated 17/11/2017 17h27
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The Superior Electoral Court (TSE) He wants the federal government to change the date of the summer time next year. In meeting with President Michel Temer, on Thursday (16), the Presidential Palace, o presidente do TSE, Minister Gilmar Mendes, He delivered a letter requesting that in 2018 DST start after the second round of general elections. Normally, daylight saving time begins in October.

In a statement issued on its website, the TSE explains that "the reason for the request is to ensure that the different existing time zones in Brazil, accentuated by the change pointers that traditionally occurs in the summer months in the regions of the Center-South of the country, do not cause delays in the counting of votes and announcement of the results of the elections ".

According to the TSE, the Electoral Code provides day and time in which ordinary elections must take place: "The first round must be from 8h to 17h on the first Sunday of October, and second round, at the same time on the last Sunday of the month. "But because of the four time zones of the country, the beginning and closing of the polls do not occur simultaneously throughout the national territory, says electoral body.

Second or tribunal, because of the spindles, daylight saving time exacerbates the problem of the beginning and end of voting on the ordinary elections. "For example, the polls are closed in Acre three hours after the counting of votes have already been initiated in the South, Southeast and part of the Midwest ".

"In the case of state elections, this apparent mismatch does not cause problems. However, in the case of a general election as of next year, to vote for president, this time difference can confuse voters and cause an increase in the number of abstentions from voting ".

The TSE also said that the request for change at the beginning of Daylight Saving Time 2018 It was also forwarded to the Ministry of Mines and Energy.


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