Elections during the pandemic: Case Balkan

Organizer U.G. Zašto ne | Moderator Darko Brkan Selma Ašćerić
Speakers Dr. Beata Martin-Rozumiłowicz, Filip Stojanovski, Milica Kovačević, Pavle Dimitrijević, Sandra Benčić, Damjan Mančevski
5. February, 2021 3:00 pm

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 panel discussion is organized in cooperation with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES).

To follow this panel discussion via Zoom please register HERE.

You will be able to follow this session also through Point Talks platform (HERE), and through FB live stream on pointconference page.

Participants can check in also on FB event, and get a notification before the live starts.

After a year of the pandemic in which we, unfortunately, could not have the conference in the usual way, POINT is coming back in 2021 in a new online format – “POINT Talks”. We want to ensure that POINT initiative continues to live and grow until all the conditions are met to organize the live POINT Conference. During previous editions of the POINT conference, electoral processes and elections in many countries have been the focus of numerous presentations and panel discussions, so we decided to make this topic the first topic of the month at POINT Talks.