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Computerized voting system for Participatory Budgeting in Ubatuba, Brazil
an article by Portal R3

As of June 11, the municipality of Ubatuba has completed the stage of plenary deliberations for Participatory Budgeting in the eight regions of the city. The plenary sessions were a success and brought together hundreds of citizens to present their demands and elect councilors from each region.

The plenary sessions were successful, bringing together hundreds of citizens to present their proposals and elect councilors from each region (Photo: Divulgação/PMU) *

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Emphasis is placed on a computerized voting system for the management of the process of Participatory Budgeting, designed by a team of the Municipal Secretariat of Information Technology as a contribution to the technological development of the municipality.

The functions of the system include accreditation of citizen, recording of the proposals, candidates for councilor and compilation and instantaneous dissemination of voting results.

The system was fully developed by the secretariat staff using freely available programming languages, without the use of third parties and without cost to the municipality.

According to Thiago Lamosa, Technical Director of Infrastructure and the secretariat responsible for the system, the project was designed to increase security and, especially, to make the plenary sessions more efficient and transparent. "

"With the new system, we are able to give each of the project proposals and the counselor candidates equal importance, publicity and attention," says Lamosa.

According to Peter Seno, municipal secretary of Information Technology, the next step will be to make the system available for voting on the Internet.

"We will make the system available on the Web to enable all citizens of Ubatuba to participate in the process from their home, work or community. Thus, we extend the process of democracy and participation to reach all corners of the city." *

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This report was posted on July 13, 2014.