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Electoral Processes

Covid-19 and Elections

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During 2020–2021, the Covid-19 pandemic profoundly affected elections worldwide. In the first place, fast decisions needed to be made about whether to continue with planned elections, postpone or cancel them—balancing political rights with public health and safety concerns. For elections that went ahead, the pandemic necessitated rapid adjustments. Throughout the pandemic period, International IDEA published a range of knowledge resources on elections and Covid-19, which are all available via the Global Overview of COVID-19: Impact on Elections report. In May 2023, International IDEA and the Electoral Integrity Project published 'Elections during Emergencies and Crisis'. The volume brings together a comprehensive set of 26 country cases and a thematic analysis of electoral integrity.

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