ELECTIONS AND COVID-19: LESSONS FROM MALAWI’S 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

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ELECTIONS AND COVID-19: LESSONS FROM MALAWI’S 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

Since the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) began in 2019, it has caused immense disruption to many areas of governance including the electoral process. Gathering large crowds at polling stations for in-person voting, highly increases the risk of the virus being spread through person-to-person or person-to-surface contact. According to the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), COVID-19 could affect elections in the following ways: loss of voice for the electorate, claims of political opportunism, low voter turnout, and loss of political debate on important issues.1 Furthermore, normal election activities such as in-person campaigning, voter registration, voter education, in-person voting, and even domestic and international election observation will be difficult to carry out with COVID-19.

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