Elections amid the virus crisis - a glance at US and NZ elections

Elections amid the virus crisis - a glance at US and NZ elections


  • Amid the global public health crisis and disturbing economies around the world, organising election events are challenging for officials.
  • All election processes in 2020 are following the guidelines of wearing the mask, hand sanitising, and social distancing.
  • US elections are in the final phase of its campaigning amid issues including health, economy, and racial inequality.
  • In NZ elections, PM Jacinda Ardern seems to remain the choice of people.


The year has been unique in every sense, with people living 2011 release Contagion, a Virus crisis based Hollywood movie. The point is, the situations are not something that we ever heard from our grandparents' generation. 


However, it seems we have been able to handle the situation a lot better than anticipated due to the evolving technology. We are working from home, pursuing our education onlineshopping online and digitally connected even to know what's is happening worldwide. For instance, how have different countries faced this crisis, which are companies involved in the vaccination race, and how the virus is unbiased while affecting both developed and developing countries alike?


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Amid such commotion, many nations are hosting their presidential elections.


Elections in the age of social distancing


Any election requires a massive gathering of voters, a necessity which must be avoided to keep the deadly virus at bay. Hence, any election in the pandemic era cannot deemed like be the usual ones. 


Among several elections scheduled for 2020, many countries have postponed their elections while others like South Korea, Burundi, France, US, and New Zealand have decided to go ahead with the elections.


Voting while following the safety guidelines

Amid a historic health crisis, it is challenging for worldwide officials organising the election events with adequate precautions. The officials have enforced security measures at voting venues like wearing safety masks, maintaining social distancing, proper ventilation of the venue and sanitised surfaces.


US elections scenario during Covid 19


The citizens of the US want a leader who can take the country out of the current health and economic crisis. Expectations are high from the next government. The upcoming government must have concrete plans to help the nation recover from the pandemic related challenges. The central issues remain - economy, racial inequality, and public health.


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The global virus crisis has shifted the campaign procedure to the digital realm with relegated fundraising, cancelled conventions, and changes in how people get to vote.


Donald Trump's Republicans party and Joe Biden's Democratic Party, both are aggressively campaigning across the US. Mr President, who has just recovered from the coronavirus crisis, has joined back his office and has commenced his campaigning and making allegations against rival Joe Biden on his alleged involvement with the Ukrainian energy firm.


At the time of this global virus crisis, the world eyes the election outcome of superpower country, which will decide if Trump will remain in White house or Biden takes his position. The election is scheduled on 03 November 2020. Mr Joe Biden is a senior politician and the former Vice President with President Barack Obama.


NZ elections amid the unprecedented crisis


Labour Party's PM Jacinda Ardern and National Party's Judith Collin both are competing against each other for the October 2020 elections. Coronavirus epidemic has delayed the elections process by a month. Kiwis are expected to head to the voting booths on 17 October 2020.


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PM Ardern seems to be winning against Collin thanks to her immense popularity. She is not only appreciated in her country but also worldwide for effective leadership. She has been superbly handling the pandemic situation in her country with a strict lockdown rules imposed at the beginning of the crisis.


Bottom line

Right now, due to the global health crisis, it is not easy to arrange the voting events and rallies in the usual manner. However, this year’s election will provide a unique experience to the voters and will go down in history as an election to remember, mainly because of the way the people will vote.


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