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Covid-19 Pandemic and Lessons on Democracy

More than 40 countries in the world, including Indonesia, have postponed local elections due to the pandemic, despite the potential political implications of the postponements.

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JOHN HART/WISCONSIN STATE JOURNAL VIA AP

A voter in Dunn, Wisconsin, United States, checks a ballot during an election on 7 April 2020. Several states in the US organized elections as part of the series of elections to peak this year. As many as 17 states postponed elections amid fear of the spread of COVID-19.

More than 40 countries in the world, including Indonesia, have postponed local elections due to the pandemic. While there may be potential political implications of the delays on the one hand, on the other, this is also the right moment to rethink effective solutions for future emergencies in which holding direct elections are deemed impossible due to non-natural disasters.

The Covid-19 pandemic has also affected elections – widely considered to be “celebrations of democracy” – in many parts of the world. Data from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) in the first week of April showed that 47 countries around the world had postponed their elections.

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