The photos above show the inside of the Floor of the Federal Chamber.
The first photo shows the seats of the Deputies (people in the photo are visitors). There is no fixed seat; Deputies may take any seat. The upper part shows the galleries, from where citizens may follow the sessions of the Chamber.
The middle picture shows the Directive Board of the Chamber, sided by the two Tribunes (near the two smaller Brazilian flags). Two lines of microphones are available for Deputies who want to talk to the Board or to the orator in the Tribune (notice that, in the Senate, each Senator has a microphone at disposal at his own seat); because of this, it is common to see Deputies walking around during the sessions (only by talking at the microphones will their words be included in the records of the House).
The photo to the right shows the panel where the results of voting are displayed. Except in a few cases, Deputies cast their votes through a voting panel, which makes results available just a few minutes after the end of the ballot.
In the past, Deputies were caught voting (illegally) on behalf of others. To avoid these frauds, the system now works as follows: the Deputy must type in a secret, personal, number code; the Deputy must put his left thumb over a fingerprint scanner (which checks whether the print relates to the number code); while keeping the thumb on the scanner, the Deputy uses his other hand to push either the Yes or No voting button.
The Federal Chamber is open for visitations, from Monday through Friday, from 9 am to 5 pm. A guide takes visitors to the premises of both Senate and the Chamber. Tours in Portuguese only.
The guide usually suggests that visitors finish the tour with a visit to the Restaurant in the top floor of the Annex Four, from where there is a nice view of the Three Powers Square.
For more information, visit the official website of the Brazil Federal Chamber.
The Chamber maintains a TV station to broadcast the sessions of the House; visit the site of TV Cāmara.
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