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Recent European Elections During the Pandemic: Georgia, Moldova, Romania & Ukraine

January 28, 2021 @ 8:00 am 9:30 am

Please join the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and experts from the region on Thursday, January 28 at 8 – 9:30 am EST to discuss how COVID-19 has transformed the electoral process.

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, numerous countries in Europe and Eurasia postponed scheduled elections to later in the year, when it was thought the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic would be lessened. However, when several elections were conducted in the region in late 2020, including in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Romania and Ukraine, the spread of the virus in many countries was notably worse than it was during the spring of 2020.What are the lessons from these recent elections, both regarding their impact on democracy and in guaranteeing the results represent the will of the electorate?

The event will be moderated by Dr. Magnus Ohman, director of IFES’ Regional Europe Office, and feature the following speakers:
• Anya Cumberland, Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Eurasia, IFES
• Tamar Zhvania, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission, Georgia
• Vajda Zsombor, Vice President of the Permanent Electoral Authority, Romania
• Vitalii Plukar, Deputy Chairperson of the Central Election Commission, Ukraine
• Dorin Cimil, Chairman of the Central Election Commission, Moldova

In line with the previous installments of the webinar series, the event will be held live via Zoom and feature simultaneous interpretation from English into Albanian, Armenian, Georgian, Macedonian, Russian, South Slavic language and Ukrainian.

To register please visit: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rQ3OWobsTDO-CKSa609S7Q

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