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September 22, 2014

Brazilian profession takes lead role against political corruption

By Vincent Huck

A bit over a month ahead of the Brazilian presidential election, the Movement to Fight Electoral Corruption (O Movimento de Combate à Corrupção Eleitoral or MCCE) has elected the Federal Accounting Council (Conselho Federal de Contabilidade or CFC) to its managerial board.

Officially founded during the presidential campaign of 2002, the MCCE is a network of 50 national organisations which campaign against corruption. The MCCE lobby resulted in the approval of two laws by the Brazilian parliament.

One which prohibits politicians to buy votes from electors (Lei nº 9.840/99 "Lei da Compra de Votos") and one which prohibits politicians whom have been found guilty of corruption to run for public office (Lei Complementar nº 135/2010 "Lei da Ficha Limpa").

The newly elected board is made of five member organisations amongst them is the CFC, which will be represented by Miguel Ângelo Martins Lara, a counsellor at federal level.

The new board will lead the MCCE in its project for a reform of the Brazilian political system which is conducted as part of the Coalition for Democratic Political Reform and Clean Elections (Coalizão pela Reforma Política Democrática e Eleições Limpas).

Founded in August of 2013, the coalition brings together 103 organisations from around the country including the CFC and the MCCE.

The CFC reminded in a statement that the coalition proposal is made of four key points:

-prohibit businesses to fund electoral campaigns and adoption of democratic funding methods for political campaigns;

-proportional representation voting in two rounds;

-gender equality in the electoral list; and

-strengthening of the mechanisms of direct democracy allowing civil society to participate in important national decisions.

 

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