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A glimpse into the future of international election observation

COVID-19 and Democracy

Similar to elections and other democratic processes, the global COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impact on international election observation. In this podcast we discuss the changing nature of international election observation during and beyond the pandemic. Will election observation ever go back to the old normal? How was election observation changing even before the pandemic struck? Is the pandemic changing radically what was done or simply accelerating changes that were already underway?

Host: Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General of International IDEA 


Gerardo de Icaza, Director of the Department of Electoral Cooperation and Observation, Organisation of American States
Patrick Costello, Head Of Global 3 Division, Democracy and Electoral Observation, European External Action Service

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