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Elections during the pandemic: Case Balkan

February 1, 2021 | by: Dalio Sijah

At the first online event at Point Talks platform we will discuss elections in SEE countries that happened during 2020. This event will be held on Friday, February 5th at 3 PM. 

Among the countries who held elections are Croatia, Serbia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, so the first online panel at POINT Talks will be dedicated to the electoral processes in those counties.

To follow this panel discussion via Zoom please register HERE.   

You will be able to follow this session also through Point Talks platform (HERE), and through FB live stream on pointconference page. 

Participants can check in also on FB event, and get a notification before the live starts.  

During this panel discussion, panelists from various civil society organizations and initiatives, as well as parliament representatives from SEE will discuss a number of challenges in conducting the electoral process, such as: safety of voters at polling stations, the impact of the pandemic on voters turnout, the official measures in force before and after the elections, but also how the Government’s response to the pandemic could affect election results in some cases. 

Participants of this panel are: Dr. Beata Martin-Rozumiłowicz from International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES); Filip Stojanovski the Director for Partnership and Resource Development in the Metamorphosis Foundation from Skopje; Milica Kovačević from Center for Democratic Transition (CDT) from Montenegro; Pavle Dimitrijević from organisation CRTA from Serbia; Sandra Benčić MP in Croatian Parliament from initiative Možemo and Damjan Mancevski the ex Member of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia and former Minister of Information Society and Administration. 

This panel discussion is organised in cooperation with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). 

After a year of the pandemic in which we, unfortunately, could not have the conference in the usual way, POINT is coming back in 2021 in a new online format – “POINT Talks”. We want to ensure that POINT initiative continues to live and grow until all the conditions are met to organize the live POINT Conference. During previous editions of the POINT conference, electoral processes and elections in many countries have been the focus of numerous presentations and panel discussions, so we decided to make this topic the first topic of the month at POINT Talks.