In December 2015, Brazil’s legislature decided that the corruption scandal involving members of Dilma Rousseff administration and the worst recession in modern history was enough to start impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff was impeached in May 2016 on the grounds that she misused federal funds, and she didn’t disclose the true size of the country’s deficit. That is a violation of federal law. The embattled president has also been accused of taking illegal campaign contributions from Petrobras, the state-owned oil company. The misuse of campaign funds allegation shines a light on Brazil’s Superior Electoral Tribunal. That Tribunal is responsible for monitoring campaign funds and making sure those funds are legal and are used appropriately. Obviously, the Tribunal is coming under fire for not catching Rousseff’s alleged illegal tactics.
The Superior Electoral Tribunal is not waiting for the results of Rousseff’s six-month trial. The Tribunal has already taken steps to ensure the Rousseff allegations are not repeated. The seven-member panel of ministers has appointed attorney Luciana Lóssio as a new member of the Tribunal. Lóssio is replacing Arnaldo Versiani. The Superior Electoral Tribunal s composed of three judges from the Supreme Federal Court, two judges from the Superior Court and two attorneys that have an extensive background in electoral law. Lóssio is considered an expert in electoral law.
Being called an expert does help, but Lóssio also has an impressive resume that covers the last 17 years of her working life. She graduated from Centro Universitário de Brasília in 1999, and she continued her education and earned two more post-graduate degrees. Luciana spent seven years working for the Attorney General of the Republic. But refining her skills as an electoral lawyer was always her main interest. She has represented several top political figures during her career. Her new position as a minister of the Superior Electoral Tribunal is another accomplishment in a career filled with outstanding accomplishments. Luciana is also a member of Brazilian Institute of electoral law, so her knowledge of the election process is extensive.
The upcoming election, if there is one, will be an interesting experience for Lóssio. She plans to follow the law and make sure the election meets all the requirements of the Tribunal.