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The Newsletter of June has as focus the October elections, and brings an analysis of Henrique Meirelles as a possible next president of Brazil. Furthermore, we highlight themes related to female candidature, new rules for electoral ads on internet and the electoral race in 5 Brazilian state. Lastly, we approach also the political stalemate in the National Congress to approve the Legal Landmark of Personal Data.
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Year 2 | Nº 06 | June
Colaboradores desta edição
Elections | Electoral Propaganda on the Internet: New Rules
Elections | Henrique Meirelles: an economic turnaround leads
to the presidency?
04 Elections | Women in Brazilian Elections
Elections | Overview of the State Executive Elections in 2018:
the race in São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Pará and Paraná
09 Politics | The legislative race for changing the law of data
11 Economic Data
12 Events Calendar
The 2018 elections will be designed by digital marketing. Online advertising fills the shortage of
resources that came from the prohibition of donation from legal entities. Changes in electoral
rules force politicians to invest in new strategies. The electoral use of the Internet must be
proved as tangible as the leaflets and rallies. The rules seek to follow a more connected society
with greater access to information.
The Law 13 488/17 requires the publication of how much was spent on the internet campaign.
However, it does not demand the application providers (including digital giants such as
Facebook, Google, Youtube and Twitter) to report irregularities or inconsistencies. The reach
potential will be, in this sense, marked by the economic power of the politician and the
concentration of content on foreign platforms. Specifically directed postings will be a decisive
campaign tool, since it will be possible to identify specific profiles of voters and potential voting
By popularizing politics, social networks take voters closer to the candidate, as well as present a
key element: interactivity. Communication ceases to be static and, now, it needs to be constantly
A small electoral reform in 2017 authorizes the boost of posts, as long as they are identified as
sponsored. Focusing on results is not prohibited, but the tool must be used exclusively by
parties, coalitions or candidates. However, inserting or boosting an advertising content on the
date of the election is prohibited, as well as the use of fake profiles and robots. Another
requirement is that hired application providers must have a legal representative established in
The challenges are presented along with the technology: the possibility of data leak and
manipulation. In Brazil, the sharing of fake news is far from a consensus. In the Chamber of
Deputies, the main project (PL 6812/17) is still in the first commission, under the report of
former Minister of Science and Technology, Deputy Celso Pansera (PT/RJ). The proposal
criminalizes the dissemination of damage or incomplete information on the internet. Other
proposals - including this one - related to fake news are rejected by civil society entities that
defend freedom of expression.
It will already be a rule in this year's elections to prohibit the boost to change the content or the
repercussion of advertising. The Internet application provider will take responsibility for not
making unavailable a content that is found to be infringing by the Electoral Court, respecting the
technical limits of the service. The link of the removal to the judicial order makes the authorities
responsible for filtering what may be injurious to a candidacy.
Electoral propaganda, including on the internet (unpaid), may begin on August 16 in Brazil. What
the Electoral Law has not answered yet is whether the migration of the campaigns to the online
environment will reflect a democratic and transparent political space.
Electoral advertising on the internet:
New rules for 2018
The lack of political representativeness, the "protest" vote, the "no vote" and exclusion vote are
increasingly present in any debate on the upcoming elections in Brazil. In this scenario, resulting
from the current political and economic crisis in which the country has been inserted for months,
former Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles was perceived in the first moment as a viable
possibility to occupy the position of President of Brazil.
Born in the state of Goiás, nephew and grandson of politicians, Meirelles holds a degree in
Business Administration from Harvard University and has built a consolidated career in the
corporate environment, reaching BankBoston's World Presidency. In the 2000s, in fact, he had
started his political life when joined the PSDB. As the head of the Central Bank, he was
recognized, both by the business community and the citizens, for his actions that aimed to
leverage the Brazilian economy, which was also perceptible as Minister of Finance.
Pre-candidate for the MDB, Meirelles faces difficulties not only in the party, but also with the
electorate. In this context, with just over 1% of the voting intentions in the polls, the former
Minister has not yet convinced his party that he is the best option as a presidential candidate and
has tried to unlink his name from the "governmental candidate", following the withdrawal of
Michel Temer to re-election.
Supported by the current President of Brazil, Meirelles has sought to get closer to the
parliamentarians of his current party, but probably in the National Convention, he will have
opponents like the Senator Roberto Requião (MDB / MG), nominated by Renan Calheiros (MDB /
AL), to compete for the Planalto Palace.
Still on the challenges, the pre-candidate, given his unpopularity, has already presented a flexible
discourse in relation to social programs, regarding the inclusion of attention in the social area
and praised programs such as Bolsa Familia. However, the most opposition and, to some extent,
unexpected, comes from the entrepreneurs and investors.
Contradictorily, the work of Meirelles for the economic turnaround made the biggest enthusiasts
of his candidacy, now, pressured him to give up to run for the elections. This is justified by the
fact that, after leaving the Ministry of Finance, the economy has presented losses, such as the
significant increase in the dollar.
In this scenario, Meirelles and his challenges are further encouraging the unpredictability of these
upcoming elections in which the future of the country, despite the short time until October,
seems to be increasingly uncertain.
Henrique Meirelles: Does Economic
Turnaround Lead to Presidency?
In 2018, Brazil will hold its 31st general election – direct and indirect elections considered – since
the proclamation of the Republic in 1889, and the participation of women in Brazilian politics is
still weak. The level of female participation in the public sphere has grown with each election, but
it is still far from ideal.
The vote only became a national right in 1932, but it was only mandatory for literate men up to
60 years old. Although theoretically women could already vote, in practice, women could only
vote if it was the will of their fathers or husbands. It was only in 1965 that the Electoral Code
equalized the electoral rights and obligations of men and women.
The first woman was elected in Brazil when women still could not vote. Luíza Alzira Soriano was
elected mayor of the city of Lajes, in Rio Grande do Norte state in 1928 with 60% of the votes.
Sadly, that didn’t last long. She lost office only seven months later once she did not agree with
the Getúlio Vargas administration.
The first female federal representative was elected in 1934. Doctor Carlota Pereira was elected
by the state of São Paulo and was part in the Constituent Assembly that put an end to the 1889
Constitution of the Old Republic. The first female Senator was Eunice Michiles, who was
nominated to the position in 1979 after the death of João Bosco. Roseana Sarney was the first
female governor, elected in 1994, in the state of Maranhão. And, finally, the first woman elected
President of the Republic, in 2010, was Dilma Rousseff (who also became the first woman
reelected, in 2014, and the first female president to be impeached in 2016).
The Electoral Justice announced that by February 2018, 52% of the Brazilian electorate was
composed of women, making up the figure of 77,076,395 eligible voters. However, statistics
show that this number is disproportionate to the number of women occupying political positions
in the country.
In 1997, the quota system is established determining that parties must enroll at least 30% of
women in proportional ticket. In 2009, the Electoral Reform, in addition to obliging parties to
register at least 30% of women, also required that at least 5% of the resources of the Party
Fund be used to encourage female participation in politics and that 10% of party’s share of free
advertisement time (bought by the Electoral Justice in TV and radio) should be devoted to them.
Nevertheless, changes in electoral rules did not cause the expected impact. Only in 2012, female
candidates reached 30% of the total number of applications in the country, and, in the 2014
elections, only 29% of all eligible candidates were women. For the Presidency, they were 37%,
with 3 female candidates running. For the Federal Legislative (House of Representatives and
Senate), 29% of the candidates for the titular positions were women. The numbers were worse
at the state level: for executive positions, female participation was only 11%, while for the
Legislative the proportion was also 29%.
Women in Brazilian Election
When the numbers of the elected officials are analyzed, the disparities are only accentuated. In a
total of 1,709 candidates elected at both the federal and state levels, only 190 were women,
reaching only 11% of the occupied positions – including the Presidency of the Republic. The
proportions are even smaller among the governors, where only 1 woman was elected (3%), and
in the Legislative both Federal (10%) and State (11%).
Furthermore, a major problem was identified in the municipal elections of 2016. With the
requirement of the minimum quota for women registration, the issue of the candidates registered
"just for the record" emerged. In these election, approximately 16,000 candidates did not receive
even one vote. Of these, 14,417 (more than 90%) were women who did not even vote for
themselves. The fact led the Public Prosecutor's Office to open investigations to determine the
responsibilities, which found out that many of these candidates did not even know they were
In 2018, the expectation is of a greater awareness of the importance of female participation in
both the electoral race and the final outcomes. Election officials hope that the law will be
enforced on a more regular basis, that the parties encourage women to be more participant as
candidates in their committees and that financial resources will be more effectively employed in
2018 BRAZILIAN GUBERNATORIAL
The race in São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Pará
and Paraná States
With only a month remaining until the opening of the official parties’ convention season, the
2018 elections landscape is beginning to be more clearly defined in many states. And although
they sometimes lose space on the national agenda, these disputes carry great potential since it is
at the state level where a series of important public policy decision making are under way, many
of which have a direct impact on the lives of Brazilians.
In Minas Gerais state, the scenario of the dispute is sketched amid allegations of corruption that
have plagued the two major political parties: the Workers’ Party (PT) and the Brazilian Social
Democracy Party (PSDB). Such parties have already established their pre-candidates and should
lead the electoral race once more. Nevertheless, other parties are articulating to present
alternatives to the polarization of Petistas (supporters of the PT) and Tucanos (supporters of the
PSDB) in Minas Gerais.
In the state, the ballot for governor seems set to have at least 8 candidates, but the opinion polls
point out 3 main players in the scenarios polled: (a) Senator Antônio Anastasia (PSDB), with
25.9% of voting intention, is highlighted as the main force of the opposition to the current state
government and leads all explored scenarios; (b) Fernando Pimentel (PT), currently governor of
the state, is expected to run for reelection and polls at 19.9%, according to a survey
commissioned by the Paraná Institute; (c) and, finally, Marcio Lacerda (PSB) appears as an
alternative to the polarization between PT and PSDB, despite the low placement in the polls,
reaching just about 11.3% of voting intention’s share.
Looking at the prospects in São Paulo, the already notorious, Dória and Skaf lead the electoral
race. The last Ibope survey shows that the former mayor of the city of São Paulo (the state’s
capital city and namesake), João Dória (PSDB), and the president of the State of São Paulo
Industries’ Federation, Paulo Skaf (MDB), compete strongly for the state voters: Dória leads with
22% of voting intentions, compared to 15% for Skaf - the margin of error considered is of 3%.
It’s been considered that the dispute between Doria and Skaf will get even fiercer in an eventual
second round, where both reach 32% of the voting intentions. Other candidates such as the
Petista, Luiz Marinho, and the current state governor, Márcio França (PSB), are far behind in the
survey, reaching 4% and 3% respectively.
In Pará, which, like São Paulo, had the last 25 years of state elections dominated by the PSDB
(the Tucanos won 5 of the last 6 elections in Pará and 6 of 6 in the Southeastern state), the
state just bid goodbye to Governor Simão Jatene, who, after his third term, can no longer be re-
elected. The veteran politician has already declared support for state’s Legislative Assembly
Speaker, Márcio Miranda (DEM)’s candidacy, but the absolute leader in the polls is former
National Integration Minister of the Temer administration, Helder Barbalho (MDB).
Son of former governor, Jader Barbalho (1983-1987 and 1991-1994), and candidate in 2014
(when he lost to Jatene in the second round), the former minister appears as the undisputed
frontrunner in several polls (always reaching more than 30% in voting intentions), followed by
Márcio Miranda (DEM) and Senator Paulo Rocha (PT), that reach 13.8% and 7.8%, respectively,
in a February survey by DOXA.
In the south, the race for the Iguaçu Palace (Paraná’s Governor seat) seems much more
detached from its Tucano past. Former governor Beto Richa (PSDB) stepped down from office in
March 2018, within the deadline of disincompatibility which enabled him to run for the Senate,
and has already shown support for current governor, Cida Boghetti (PP), with whom he
composed the 2014 elections ticket. The former federal deputy (and wife of former Health
Minister Ricardo Barros), however, appears in the bottom of the polls, behind the leaders Ratinho
Jr. (PSD), son of a popular TV show host and former state secretary of the Richa administration,
and Osmar Dias (PDT), former senator and brother of pre-candidate to the Presidency of the
Republic, Álvaro Dias. Both appear in a technical draw with 34% and 28% of the Ibope April poll
(the margin of error is 3%). The current senator and former governor, Roberto Requião, also
appears competitive in spontaneous polls, but according to press reports, he has reached an
agreement with Osmar Dias and is expected to run for re-election to his Senate seat.
In the race in Bahia, on the other hand, the trend is of continuity given the undeniable leadership
of the candidate running for re-election, Rui Costa Pimenta (PT). The governor has high approval
ratings and polls close to 50% of the P&A Institute's May 28 poll intentions. Furthermore, the PT
candidate was favored by the mayor of Salvador (the state’s capital city), ACM Neto (DEM), who
still gets some 3.2% in spontaneous polling (against 19% of the governor), but decided not to
run earlier this year in favor of the former mayor of Feira de Santana, José Ronaldo (also from
the Democrats, a right-wing party, and, today, scoring at 6.5% against the 47.9% of the Petista
candidate, in a 3% margin of error poll).
According to the deadlines set by the Superior Electoral Court (TSE), parties must hold
conventions to define their candidates for the 2018 elections between July 20 and August 5.
Once they’re done with conventions, applications must be sent to the Electoral Court by August
15 so they can be judged by September 17. The period set for electoral propaganda begins at
Leonardo Brito e Mikael Victor
The availability and collection of personal data has changed a lot in recent times. Likewise, the
protection of privacy and data increasingly becomes more important. Thus, living in society and
the protection of law is constantly challenged by these new issues that are proving current and
effective in the information society.
Data protection was one of the most talked subjects in the first half of 2018, stimulated by the
validity of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
In Brazil, some bills on the subject are under discussion, two of the most important are PLS 330
(proposed by the Senate) and PLC 53 (proposed by the Chamber of Representatives). Both are
inspired by European regulations, and inaugurate a new phase of legal protection for personal
data in the country, moving away from our current model of sectoral and specific regulations.
A new to be introduced by the general law will be the differentiation between agents who
process personal data. As in the European Law, the idea is that there is a differentiation between
who is responsible for data processing and who is the "operator" that performs such treatment.
Those distinctions will be relevant at the time of determining the responsibilities against the
damage caused to the data subject.
Another point is that the entry of GDPR, as it should be, has brought a great deal of discussion
about the rules related to international data transfer, a reality of the current, globalized and
connected world. This normative tendency is also followed by bills under way in Brazil.
It is also important to mention that both projects bring a list of sanctions to be applied to those
who violate the terms of the future law. Faced with an enormous amount of criticism of the
impunity and power of the big credit companies, it is necessary that abusive and unhygienic
practice be treated as criminals.
In the Legislative Power, while the formal objective of the normative change is the security of the
population and its information, the practice that has been happening is a political ego dispute
between Government and opposition and between Representatives and Senators.
The government urgently approves the bill that creates the Positive Register, a mechanism in
which all Brazilians would automatically be included in a database that generates an individual
score for the population and is managed by credit bureaus. The opposition has blocked and
prevented the vote of the bill, claiming the impossibility of voting based on the absence of a
normative on data protection. With the heat of debates on the subject, House of Representatives
and Senate rushed their votes, with a feud that could leave the country without any law on the
The subject is extremely important, but it will probably not be voted in a scenario of egos
fighting and on election year. Probably the themes that started the year full of strength, will stay
for the next term.
The legislative race for changing the law of
It should also be noted that the deadlines established in these projects for their validity are
extremely short considering the impact of the new law on the activities of all companies and
public agencies in the country. For compliance, companies and state bodies would only have 12
months (in the case of PLS 330) or 18 months (in case of PL 4060/5276). In comparative terms,
the GDPR itself had 24 months of vaccatio legis.
Thus, if it is true that the country is moving towards a new General Data Protection Law, the
companies and entities affected by the new legislation will have to take immediate measures to
raise awareness about how personal data are collected, used, transferred and stored in the
performance of their activities and seek to prepare for the changes.
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