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Amid the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in the world, South Korea officially known as the Republic of Korea held Legislative Elections for 300 seats on 15th April, 20201. Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has adversely impacted the activities of many countries, from health to business, sporting, religious, and even democratic activities. Due to contagious nature, the possibility of holding elections, which is the lifeblood and pivotal element of democracy2, has been severely constrained. 

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Elections are a complex process that are influenced by the actions of various stakeholders, including the legislature, executive, political parties, electoral management bodies (EMBs), civil society organisations (CSOs), security agencies, media, and the general public. Each of these stakeholders has a role to play in promoting transparency, accountability, inclusion, and impartiality, all of which are crucial to upholding electoral integrity and credibility.

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Since the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) began in 2019, it has caused immense disruption to many areas of governance including the electoral process. Gathering large crowds at polling stations for in-person voting, highly increases the risk of the virus being spread through person-to-person or person-to-surface contact. According to the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), COVID-19 could affect elections in the following ways: loss of voice for the electorate, claims of political opportunism, low voter turnout, and loss of political debate on important issues.

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Elections are complex processes that are influenced by the actions of various stakeholders, including the legislature, executive, political parties, electoral management bodies (EMBs), civil society organizations (CSOs), security agencies, media, and the general public. Each of these stakeholders has a role to play in promoting transparency, accountability, inclusion, and impartiality, all of which are crucial to upholding electoral integrity and credibility.

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