Whether member States decide to hold or to postpone elections, specific arrangements will be required for administering such elections and for ensuring the basic tenants of a public debate allowing citizens to be properly informed and to debate the options on offer. Electronic voting or a hybrid version of it -combining different types of supports- could be a very credible way out.

CM/Recommendation (2017)5 on standards for e-voting provides an excellent basis for introducing ad hoc voting arrangements with solid security guarantees whilst fully respecting European election standards. Digitalisation of electoral processes can be a viable alternative so as to ensure that democracies continue even in times of pandemics...


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