Public Service Announcement on Elections during COVID-19

Updated: July 2020
Two poll workers wearing masks sit at a distance during elections in Serbia.

Ahead of parliamentary elections on June 21, 2020, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), produced this public service announcement (PSA) to inform voters of electoral procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. The video shares critical information on health and safety measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring equal access to the electoral process. The video, which includes sign interpretation, is available below with a transcript in English.


[Transcript begins]


Male narrator: Dear voters, parliamentary, provincial and local elections will be held on Sunday, June 21, 2020. In order to prevent the spread of the infectious disease COVID 19, it is necessary to adhere to the following recommendations:


Arrive to the polling station wearing a protective mask so that it covers your nose, mouth and chin.


Avoid shaking hands and other physical contact.


When you are at the polling station, keep a distance of at least 1 meter.


Only as many voters as there are voting booths can enter the polling station. It is desirable to disinfect hands before and after voting.


At the polling station itself, the members of the polling station committee will wear protective equipment and respect the recommendation of keeping a distance of at least 1 meter. The premises will be ventilated.


When establishing your identity, you need to take off the mask for a short time. Do it correctly, taking care not to touch the mask, but only the strips.


After you cast your ballot, do not stay at the polling station.


During voting process, follow the recommendations and protect yourself and others.


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