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About 65 countries including Zimbabwe postpone elections due to covid-19

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Many elections have been postponed across the globe due to covid-19 (coronavirus) Zimbabwe included.

Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has decided to suspend all elections pending review after government entered an indefinite lockdown period with indications pointing to further tightening as cases escalate.

ZEC’s Press Release dated Friday 5 June 2020 notes; “The Commission would like to remind the public that those electoral activities that require gatherings will remain suspended to avoid violating lockdown measures currently in place.”

However, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) feels such a move ‘quarantine’s democracy’. In a statement they say;

“Whilst acknowledging the risk that the novel coronavirus exposes those involved in elections to, ZESN reiterates its position that ZEC could have reached a decision after engaging key stakeholders such as political parties, CSOs, and even citizens.”

ZES says covid-19 might be here to stay hence the need to carry on with life,

“ZEC could at least have considered postponing, rather than suspending electoral activities. But even postponement cannot be indefinite.

“ZESN is the position that ZEC could proceed with by-elections and other electoral activities, ensuring COVID-19 preventative measures are in place for voters, polling officials, political party agents as well as observers.

“This is particularly so because the COVID-19 pandemic may be here to stay, no one knows for how long if it is for months or years.”

Nevertheless, Zimbabwe is not an exception to such since according to the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) states that Elections postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) span the globe.

Below is an analysis and outlook of countries that have so far suspended elections.

FROM 21 FEBRUARY 2020 UNTIL 7 JUNE 2020:

at least 65 countries and territories across the globe have decided to postpone national and subnational elections due to COVID-19, out of which at least 21 countries and territories have decided to postpone national elections and referendums;

at least 33 countries and territories have decided to hold national or subnational elections as originally planned despite concerns related to COVID-19 of which at least 16 have held national elections or referendums.

POSTPONED ELECTIONS DUE TO COVID-19

Africa

By-elections for Metsimotlhabe and Boseja South wards, Botswana (originally scheduled for May 2020)
Parliamentary election, Ethiopia (originally scheduled for 29 August 2020)
Partial legislative election, Lékoni-Lékori (Akiéni), Gabon (originally scheduled for 4 and 18 April 2020)
Niamina West constituency by-election, Gambia (originally scheduled for 16 April 2020)
By-elections, Kenya (originally scheduled for April, June–July 2020)
By-elections for senatorial district in Bayelsa, Imo and Plateau, Nigeria (originally scheduled for March 2020)
All municipal by-elections and voter registration activities in South Africa (originally scheduled for March–May 2020)
Municipal in elections in Hassi El Ferid, and Jbeniana, Tunisia (originally scheduled for 28–29 March 2020)
Special interest groups elections, Uganda (originally scheduled for April–May 2020)
By-election in ward 16 of Chiredzi rural district council, Zimbabwe (originally scheduled for 4 April 2020)
Americas ​

General elections, Anguilla, British overseas territory (originally scheduled for 29 June 2020) moved to (at the latest) 11 September 2020
Municipal elections in the Cordovan City of Río Cuarto, Argentina (originally scheduled for 29 March 2020)
General elections, Bolivia (originally scheduled for 3 May 2020); subnational elections in Bolivia (originally scheduled for March 2020)
Supplementary election for the position of Senator in Mato Grosso, Brazil (originally scheduled for 26 April 2020)
By-elections in Victoria and Rossland, Canada (originally scheduled for 4 April 2020); referendum in Kamloops, Canada (originally scheduled for 4 April 2020); by-elections in Lytton, Canada (originally scheduled for 25 April 2020); municipal elections, New Brunswick, Canada (originally scheduled for 11 May 2020) moved to May 2021 or sooner
Constitutional referendum, Chile (originally planned for 26 April 2020)
Elections for the community action board, Colombia (originally scheduled for 26 April 2020)
Presidential and legislative elections, Dominican Republic (originally scheduled for 17 May 2020)
Local elections in Coahuila and Hidalgo, Mexico (originally scheduled for 7 June 2020)
Primary elections in Paraguay (originally scheduled for 12 July 2020) and Local (Municipal) elections, Paraguay (originally scheduled for 8 November 2020) moved to 2021.
Local municipal elections in Chipao, Ayacucho district, Peru (originally scheduled for 29 March 2020)
Single constituency referendum, Falkland Islands, UK Overseas Territory (originally scheduled for 26 March 2020)
Local (departmental and municipal) elections, Uruguay (originally scheduled for 10 May 2020)
Primary elections in Puerto Rico, territory of the United States (originally scheduled for 29 March 2020) and 15 states across the USA; several local elections around the country (originally scheduled for March–May 2020) moved to May-August 2020.
Asia

Elections to the Chattogram City Corporation and the Bogura-1 and Jashore-6 constituencies, Bangladesh (originally scheduled for 29 March 2020)
Rajya Sabha elections, India (originally scheduled for 26 March 2020)
Regional (local) elections, Indonesia (originally scheduled 23 September 2020) moved to 9 December 2020
Second round of parliamentary elections, Iran (originally scheduled for 17 April 2020) moved to 11 September 2020
Local council and Women’s Development Committee (WDC) elections, Maldives (originally scheduled for 4 April 2020)
Local elections, Kyrgyzstan (originally scheduled for 12 April 2020)
Municipal council elections, Oman (originally scheduled for 2020)
By-elections, Pakistan (originally scheduled for March 2020)
Parliamentary elections, Sri Lanka (originally scheduled for 25 April 2020) moved to 20 June 2020
Parliamentary elections, Syria (originally scheduled for 13 April 2020) moved to 19 July 2020
Europe

Referendum on changes to the Constitutional Court, Armenia (originally scheduled for 5 April 2020)
Municipal and mayoral elections in Vorarlberg, Austria (originally scheduled for 15 March 2020)
Local elections, Bosnia and Herzegovina (originally scheduled for 4 October 2020) moved to 15 November 2020
Local elections in the Isle of Man, self-governing British Crown Dependency (originally scheduled for 23 April 2020)
General election, Guernsey, self-governing British Crown Dependency (originally planned for June 2020) moved to June 2021.
Turkish Cypriot leadership election in Cyprus (originally planned for 26 April 2020) moved to 11 October 2020
Senate by-elections, Teplice Czech Republic (originally scheduled for 27–28 March and 3–4 April 2020)
Second round of local elections in France (originally scheduled for 22 March 2020) moved to 28 June 2020
Election of French overseas advisers and consular delegates (originally scheduled for 16-17 May 2020)
Local elections in Hessen and Saxony, Germany (originally scheduled for April–October 2020)
National referendum, Italy (originally scheduled for 29 March 2020), in addition to numerous regional and local elections
Extraordinary election for Mayor of the city of Podujeva, Kosovo (originally scheduled for 15 March 2020)
Local snap elections for city council in Riga, Latvia (originally scheduled for 25 April 2020) moved to 5 September 2020
Local elections village Nucareni, district Telenesti and village Tirnova, district Donduseni, Moldova (originally sheduled for 17 May 2020)
Local elections in Tivat, Montenegro (originally scheduled for 5 April 2020)
Parliamentary elections in North Macedonia (originally scheduled for 12 April 2020)
Presidential elections, Poland (originally scheduled for 10 May 2020) moved to 28 June 2020
Local elections in Romania (originally scheduled for June 2020)
Constitutional nation-wide referendum in Russia (originally scheduled for 22 April 2020) moved to 1 July 2020. The Central Election Commission of Russia took the decision (3 April 2020) to postpone all elections initially scheduled in the period 5 April–23 June, covering about 94 electoral processes at local and regional levels.
General elections in Serbia (originally scheduled for 26 April 2020)
Elections for local self-governing bodies, Slovakia (originally scheduled 4 April 2020)
Regional elections in Euskadi and Galicia, Spain (originally scheduled for 5 April 2020)
Federal vote, Switzerland (originally scheduled for 17 May 2020) and several local (municipal) elections in the cantons of Neuchâtel, Ticino, and Luzern (originally scheduled for April–June 2020)
Local elections in 118 English councils, the London Assembly and for seven English regional mayors as well as police and crime commissioners in England, UK (originally scheduled for the first week of May 2020) moved to May 2021; elections of police and crime commissioners in Wales, UK (originally scheduled for the first week of May 2020) moved to May 2021; local government by-elections in Kincorth/Nigg/Cove and Craigentinny/Duddingston, Scotland, UK (originally scheduled for 14 and 21 May 2020)
Referendum on abortion, Gibraltar, UK Overseas Territory (originally scheduled for 19 March 2020)
Oceania

Local government elections in New South Wales, Australia (originally scheduled for September 2020) moved to September 2021 and Legislative council elections for the divisions of Rosevears and Huon, Tasmania, Australia (originally scheduled for 2 May 2020) moved to a Saturday in the month of June, July or August 2020.
Referendum, New Caledonia, special collectivity of France (originally scheduled for 6 September 2020) moved to 8 October 2020
Government General Elections, Autonomous Bougainville Papua New Guinea (originally scheduled for June 2020)
Parliamentary elections, Kiribati (originally scheduled for 7 April 2020) moved to 14 April 2020
By-elections for Central Honiara and North East Guadalcanal Constituencies, Solomon Islands (originally scheduled for June 2020)
Special election for Yona mayor, Guam, territory of the United States (originally scheduled for 28 March 2020) moved to 18 April 2020

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