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Impact of the Pandemic on Elections Around the World: from Safety Concerns to Political Crises   [open pdf - 722KB]

From the Summary: "The coronavirus has taken a heavy toll on electoral processes around the world, with many elections being postponed because of emergency situations. Ideally, postponing elections should involve a sensible balancing act between the democratic imperative, enshrined in international law and national constitutions, to hold regular elections, and public health requirements restricting large gatherings and minimising close contact between people. While some countries have decided to go ahead with elections, most countries with elections scheduled since the beginning of March have postponed them. Among those that have held elections during the pandemic, South Korea has emerged as a model for having organised a highly successful electoral process, while protecting the health of its population. Others, such as Burundi, have set a negative standard, ignoring health risks putting both population and politicians in peril."

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2020-07
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2020 European Union. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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European Parliament: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/
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