► Postpone the sine die elections
The postponement of the elections, for health reasons and in order to limit the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic, is the most adopted scenario among European countries. Several countries have already decided to postpone sine die.
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Thus, last weekend (April 5), the elections to the parliament of the provinces of the Basque Country and Galicia were to take place in Spain. But, while the country is in full progression of the epidemic of coronavirus, they were pushed back and should be held in the course of the year 2020. In North Macedonia, the postponement was also adopted. Legislative elections scheduled for April 12 to elect the 123 members of the Assembly will take place later. After discussing it together, the political parties concluded that “ the situation did not allow the organization of elections “Said Zoran Zaev, former prime minister.
Same scenario in Serbia where the legislative and municipal elections which were to be held on April 26 were postponed to a later date. President Aleksandar Vucic said on Serbian television that the new date would be set “ once this is finished ” This postponement sine die had also been adopted earlier by Austria, which postponed the municipal elections of the Voralberg and Styria states, originally scheduled for March 15 and 22.
► Postpone and reschedule the elections
The postponement, with new polling date is, to date, announced in three countries. The self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus thus postpones its presidential election. Scheduled for April 19, 2020, the first round will finally take place on October 11. Outgoing leader Mustafa Akinci will act in the interim.
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In England, the British government announced on March 12 that it had decided to postpone the local elections for one year, originally scheduled for May 7, following recommendations by the electoral commission. These elections concern the renewal of 118 local councils, the London Assembly and seven city mayors, including that of London.
Finally, in France, while the maintenance of the first round was strongly criticized, the second round of municipal elections has already been postponed and scheduled, unless changed, on June 21. However, in view of the current health situation, a second postponement is envisaged. Voting could take place next October or March 2021, then being added to regional and departmental elections. ” The decision will be taken on May 23 at the end of a report which will make it possible to say at that time, if it is possible to organize it ” clarified, Thursday, April 2, Edouard Philippe.
► Maintain the elections
In Italy, several regional elections (Campania, Liguria, Marche, Apulia, Tuscany and Veneto) are still scheduled for May 31, while the country could announce deconfinement in early May. Iceland also maintains the election of its new president, scheduled for June 27, 2020, for the time being.
In Poland, the presidential election scheduled for May 10 is maintained. However, in order to reduce the risk of the spread of the coronavirus, Parliament passed a law on Monday (April 6th) providing for a postal vote.