2020 General Elections Observation Report

During the 2020 general elections, PACE deployed 2,500 observers, including 616 long-term observers (LTOs) and 1,884 short-term observers (STOs) to assess the quality of the overall process. Generally, the elections were smooth and peaceful despite shortcomings in administrative procedures which did not impact the whole process and the overall election results. The abduction of three candidates in Rakhine State constituted a lack of political consensus among different political forces, and the country’s incomplete state-building, and nation-building process, and highlights the need for all armed actors to respect democratic processes and for the country to redouble efforts toward an inclusive peace.

In the 2020 general elections, PACE initially planned to observe the whole electoral process but due to the delay in the accreditation process and COVID-19 preventive regulations, PACE was not able to observe the entire voter list display process and only able to observe the campaign period partially.

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