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COVID-19 pandemic hits US election monitoring

The OSCE, which monitors elections in many parts of the world, will only send a small team to observe the US polls in November due to the pandemic, it said on Saturday.
The news comes as the credibility of the American voting system faces its most serious threat in decades, fuelled by presidential rhetoric, fears over record mail-in voting due to the pandemic, worry about ageing machines, accusations of voter suppression and foreign interference.
“The safety concerns as well as continuing travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are creating challenges for all our election-related activities and particularly for the deployment of long- and short-term observers,” Katya Andrusz, OSCE spokeswoman, told AFP. As a result, she said no short-term observers would be deployed to monitor the election on the day.