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Systemic Risks : How to Protect our Democracies from Manipulation

Date of Event: Wednesday, 2nd June 2021

Time of Event: 14:00–160:00 BST/UK time

Place of Event: Webinar


With a significant amount of changes to the electoral process being made in response to the ongoing global pandemic, there remain fears as to what the long-term and unforeseen implications may be. More specifically, could efforts to support our elections during the pandemic undermine them further down the road as malign actors seek to utilise changes for their own benefit or introduce changes under the cloak of the pandemic.

This webinar will look at the various reforms that have been introduced to democracies across the globe, and examine whether they have increased the level of systemic risks facing them. It will also ask how electoral management bodies can ensure that measures, that needed to be introduced quickly, still receive the vital scrutiny that all changes to the electoral process should receive.

Having a firm understanding of our elections’ systemic risk is not just an issue for the Covid period, but is at the heart of the future of our elections. The legitimacy of an election depends in large part on the actual and perceived integrity of the electoral process, and if voters and candidates believe that an election is fraudulent or has been poorly administered, they may not accept the outcome. By identifying and mitigating against these systemic risks, our elections will be stronger.


Ingrid Bicu
Seconded National Expert, International IDEA
Ratnajeevan Hoole
Member of the Sri Lankan Electoral Commission
Shabir Ahmed
Country Director, Pakistan, at International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
Thessalia Merivaki
Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University & member of The Carter Center U.S. Elections Study Expert Team
  • Consider recent legislative and procedural changes made to elections following the pandemic and whether they have affected their integrity
  • Identify practices such as gerrymandering which potentially undermine the will of the electorate, and look at how to undermine attempts at voter suppression
  • Explore susceptibilities to corruption, the role money can play in distorting the outcome and ensuring our institutions remain accountable and independent

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