Managing Elections in the Context of COVID-19: Perspectives from the Commonwealth   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "This paper provides election management bodies (EMBs) and other stakeholders with an overview of the many issues that need to be considered when managing election processes within the context of the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. It recognises the careful balance needed between taking steps to protect the health and safety of citizens and safeguarding democratic rights and freedoms through the conduct of genuine elections. [...] To inform this paper, a survey was conducted to collect information on the specific experiences of EMBs in the Commonwealth. [...] The findings of the survey have been incorporated into the report, with specific data highlighted in the relevant sections. Additional sources of data included individual stakeholder interviews and a review of policy documents, webinars and the websites and social media presences of Commonwealth EMBs. The paper ends with a list of conclusions - principles and lessons learned - which are offered to help guide EMBs through the difficult decisions and multiple tasks they face in these unprecedented times."

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Issue No. 1
Commonwealth Secretariat
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