Webinar Series: Democratic Resilience in Europe During a Pandemic

Participants take part in an Election Day simulation exercise to identify potential problems during Ukraine's 2020 local elections.

Much like other organizations, entities and communities around the world, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and its beneficiaries have been deeply impacted by the novel coronavirus crisis.

With most in-person events and activities canceled or postponed due to restrictions on travel and large gatherings of people, IFES swiftly embraced this challenge and opportunity within its “Regional Elections Administration and Political Processes Strengthening” (REAPPS) program. In response to the new environment, IFES’ Regional Europe Office in Prague, Czech Republic, quickly adapted in-person events to online webinars and meetings to continue programming and ensure continued engagement of key electoral stakeholders across the Europe and Eurasia region.

The REAPPS team developed and launched a dedicated webinar series for international election practitioners, observers and donors. To date, Democratic Resilience in Europe During a Pandemic (formerly Administering Elections in Europe During a Pandemic) has held multiple dedicated webinars, each focusing on salient issues. The series has received broad interest and high-level participation from more than 35 countries, due in part to its revolving relevant topics and expert panelists who address key issues developing across electoral environments during the pandemic. This feature is complemented by the webinar’s greater engagement of non-English speakers as each webinar is simultaneously translated into multiple languages. The webinar series has delivered an array of international good practices and recommendations from experts on protecting electoral integrity during the pandemic. These insights have provided integral input to the actions of election management bodies, observers and advocacy groups, especially those poised to conduct elections in the period following webinar participation.

Upcoming Events

Since early 2020, IFES has held regular webinars focused on issues related to electoral processes in Europe, within the context of the pandemic. The webinars have gathered participants from more than 40 countries and focused on a wide range of issues. To register for the May 27 event, please click the link below.

Recent Elections in Albania, Bulgaria and Cyprus During the Pandemic

May 27 at 9:00-10:15 a.m. EDT/UTC-4 or 15:00-16:15 CEST/UTC+2

What are the lessons from the recent parliamentary elections in Albania, Bulgaria and Cyprus, both their impact on democracy and on what the pandemic means for holding elections that respect the will of the electorate?

What was the experience of a newly restructured Central Election Commission administering elections in Albania?

What was the impact of the April elections and its fragmented result on the democratic process in Bulgaria? And what can we expect from the upcoming elections in Cyprus from the perspective of sexual politics and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) movement?

Please join IFES and experts from the region to discuss “Recent European Elections in Albania, Bulgaria and Cyprus During the Pandemic.”

In line with the previous installments of the webinar series, the event will be held live via Zoom and feature simultaneous interpretation from English into Albanian, Armenian, Georgian, Macedonian, Russian, South Slavic language and Ukrainian.

The event will be moderated by IFES IFES Senior Political Finance Adviser and Regional Europe Office Director Magnus Öhman and feature the following panelists:

  • Dr. Beata Martin-Rozumiłowicz, Regional Director for Europe and Eurasia, IFES
  • Dr. Teodor Slavev, Bulgarian Institute for Legal Initiatives
  • Dr. Nayia Kamenou, Lecturer in the Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus
  • Ilirjan Celibashi, State Electoral Commissioner, Albania

There will also be an opportunity at the end of the webinar for the audience to ask questions to the panelists.

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