At least 70 countries delay elections due to pandemic

According to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), a Swedish intergovernmental organisation, at least 70 countries and territories have rescheduled elections since mid-February; this includes 25 nationwide elections or referendums.

  • At least 70 countries and territories across the globe have decided to postpone national and subnational elections due to COVID-19
  • 28 of these postponed elections are national or referendums
  • at least 55 countries and territories have decided to hold national or subnational elections despite concerns related to COVID-19 of which at least 38 have held national elections or referendums.
  • at least, 20 countries and territories have held elections that were initially postponed due to concerns related to COVID-19 of which at least 12 have held national elections or referendums
Map generated on 6 August 2020 using International IDEA’s Electoral Risk Management Tool (ERMTool)

For more details on which elections have been delayed, postponed or went ahead, visit the original IDEA article which also details case studies of different elections across the world

Sources:
https://www.economist.com/graphic-detail/2020/08/17/the-pandemic-is-affecting-elections-around-the-world [paywall]
https://www.idea.int/news-media/multimedia-reports/global-overview-covid-19-impact-elections

For Democracy Volunteers’ recommendations on how to run an election during the pandemic, visit our COVID-19 page by clicking below.

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