During Carter Center activities in Bolivia, Côte d’Ivoire, Myanmar, Liberia, and Zambia, we observed how COVID-19 affected election processes and the exercise of basic participatory rights. We also observed the ways in which authorities met COVID-19 challenges, whether by ensuring that elections could go forward safely and with broad participation or, conversely, by using the pandemic as an excuse to limit rights, create an unlevel playing field, or to postpone elections.
Join this Roundtable discussion on Thursday, March 18, at 9 a.m. EDT (UTC -4) to hear about lessons learned during observation of different electoral processes around the globe, all carried out during the pandemic.
- Juliet Kaira Chibuta, Executive Director, Zambia National Women’s Lobby
- Augustine S.M. Tamba, Head of Secretariat, Liberia Election Observation Network (LEON)
- Jose’ Antonio de Gabriel, Head of TCC Expert mission to Bolivia elections
- Tommaso Caprioglio, Deputy Director/Legal Analyst, EISA/TCC IEOM to Cote d’Ivoire
- Jonathan Stonestreet, Associate Director Democracy Program at The Carter Center
The conversation will be moderated by Barbara Smith, Vice President of Peace Programs, The Carter Center.
Notwithstanding challenges posed by COVID-19 - which was declared a pandemic on March 11, 2020 - The Carter Center continued and continues carrying out electoral observation and analysis projects, either through the deployment of international missions and expert teams, or through support to national Citizen Observation Organizations.
The Center implemented an Electoral Expert Mission to analyze the Bolivia General Elections (Oct 2020); an International Electoral Observation mission (IEOM) to observe the Myanmar General Elections (Nov 2020); an IEOM to observe the Côte d’Ivoire general elections (Nov 2020) and has an ongoing IEOM to observe the country’s legislative elections (Mar 2021). In Liberia our Citizen Observation partner LEON observed the senatorial elections (Dec 2020). In Zambia our partner Zambia National Women’s Lobby engages with elected women, and those planning to run for office in August 2021.