ABSTRACT

Legal Considerations When Delaying or Adapting Elections   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "Periodic elections underpin the legitimacy of governments and ensure that power can be preserved or transferred based explicitly on the will of the governed. This foundational principle for democratic systems of governance is being challenged by the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. At the time of writing, the primary response of 57 countries and five territories to the pandemic has been to postpone elections, some indefinitely. Such election postponements may not be clearly provided for or even contemplated in the law, making the decision to delay or cancel an election complex. These decisions are also usually beset with political controversy; this does not argue for a political solution to a legal problem, but it does require a consideration of the political and social context and reinforces the importance of transparency and consultation."

Author:
Publisher:
Date:
2020
Series:
Copyright:
2020 International Foundation for Electoral Systems
Retrieved From:
International Foundation for Electoral Systems: https://www.ifes.org/
Media Type:
application/pdf
URL:
Help with citations