By Braema Mathiaparanam (Visiting Senior Research Fellow, History and Regional Studies Programme) | Posted on
- Covid-19 has necessitated adjustments in electoral processes. There are lessons to be learned from various countries on the management of elections during such times.
- In order to hold elections during a pandemic, governments have had to implement safety measures for everyone, including election officers, candidates, supporters, and to give special consideration to people undergoing Stay at Home notices.
- Political parties have turned to social media for political campaigning, increasing the public need for reliable and verifiable information that can be shared quickly, ethically and accurately.
- Emergency provisions unrelated to public health and which undermine fair and free electoral processes or place unnecessary restrictions on the mass media threaten constitutional principles and democracy.
- Ultimately, fair and safe elections can be held during this pandemic as long as there is cooperation, proper preparations and effective communication between the government and the people.
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