How can information and elections be protected during COVID-19 and other crises?
“Tough decisions are being made around the world regarding electoral processes, but none should be made disregarding international standards and best practices. During a global health crisis that demands coordinated action for the protection of fundamental rights, close monitoring and international cooperation are acutely in demand.”
The new coronavirus is a significant threat to Pakistan’s population of 222 million. Past outbreaks and humanitarian crises have demonstrated that men and women are impacted differently.
Democracies thrive on assembly, transparency and confidence in elections and government institutions—all of which are put at risk by the COVID-19 pandemic. The global health crisis erupted during an already troubling global decline in democracy.
The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a health crisis: It is also a political crisis that urgently requires political and governance solutions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased interest in and demand for moving services online, including voting. In the context of elections, the introduction of new technologies presents both new opportunities and enormous risks.
In countries emerging from authoritarian rule or conflict, a critical element of transitional justice is the vetting process used to register candidates in transitional elections.
The full participation of women in political and decision-making processes as candidates and elected representatives is crucial to democratic development. Ongoing debates about political finance rarely consider the impact of money on women’s representation.
After more than four decades of despotic rule by Muammar Qadhafi’s regime, protests erupted in Libya in February 2011, which ultimately led to eight months of armed conflict and his removal on October 20, 2011. Libya has since been undergoing a democratic transition and its governance model, electoral system and legal framework for democratic elections have been in flux.