Elections 2020: Long term observation report for the period March 4th – March 16th and May 12th – May 24th
The election process and all election activities had been suspended for almost two months because of the declaration of the state of emergency due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic. These are important factors influencing the elections in Serbia in 2020. The pause and the state of emergency were reflected in the dynamics of the election campaign, conditioned by the ongoing measures of social distancing and further monitoring of the coronavirus epidemic in the country. Apart from the dynamics in the way that political actors communicate with voters, the ban on public gatherings and examples of testing virtual rallies in this reporting period, the feasibility of collecting and verifying the signatures of those candidates who did not submit their lists before the break in the election process was also a challenge.