COVID-19 and Democracy

COVID-19 and Democracy

Elections during COVID-19: Considerations on how to proceed with caution

With more than 70 national elections scheduled for the rest of year worldwide, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is putting into question whether some of these elections will happen on time or at all.  

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COVID-19 and Democracy

The spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is changing how we lead our lives and how political leaders are making decisions at the local, national and global level. What does this mean for immediate decisions on elections and how does it shape the adjustments made around governance and emergency powers? 

International IDEA provides our analysis and commentary on COVID-19 and Democracy, and information on how our democratic rights are affected during health crises and other large-scale and life-threatening emergencies.

 

Keep up with the latest changes to the elections calendar:

Global overview of COVID-19 : Impact on election

 

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Apr
03
2020
Image credit: Maksim Kabakou, 123rf.com.

Image credit: Maksim Kabakou, 123rf.com. 

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Apr
02
2020
On the Election Day (19 March 2020) voters were made to wash their hands before casting ballots in a polling station on Malekula Island as a precaution against COVID-19. Health workers are seen working with election officials in explaining how the hand washing should be done. Image credit: the MSG Secretariat.

On the Election Day (19 March 2020) voters were made to wash their hands before casting ballots in a polling station on Malekula Island as a precaution against COVID-19. Health workers are seen working with election officials in explaining how the hand washing should be done. Image credit: the MSG Secretariat.

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Mar
26
2020
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Annika Silva-Leander
Head of Democracy Assessment and Political Analysis
Annika Silva-Leander's heads the Democracy Assessment and Political Analysis (DAPA) unit, which produces International IDEA’s Global State of Democracy Report.

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