Elections during the pandemic: Case Balkan
The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted many elections scheduled to occur in 2020. While more than 60 countries, according to the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), postponed elections at the beginning of the year, many other countries went forward with their elections.
Among the countries who held elections are Croatia, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, so the first online panel at POINT Talks will be dedicated to the electoral processes in those counties.
During this panel discussion, panelists from various civil society organizations and initiatives, as well as parliament representatives from SEE will discuss a number of challenges in conducting the electoral process, such as: safety of voters at polling stations, the impact of the pandemic on voters turnout, the official measures in force before and after the elections, but also how the Government’s response to the pandemic could affect election results in some cases. This discussion will also host representative of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).