Observing elections to improve democracy
In 2013, we deployed a small team of three observers to visit polling stations for the National Assembly for Wales by-election for the Ynys Môn by-election. The seat, which is named in Welsh due to its majority Welsh-speaking population, is entirely on the Isle of Anglesey.
The main towns of Holyhead and Llangefni make up a great deal of this large rural constituency and we observed voting in both of the large towns as well as Beaumaris, famous for its castle, and also the village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (more often known as Llanfairpwll).
The election was interesting as it was the first by-election to the National Assembly since 2006 and only the third in the Assembly’s history.
Because of the Welsh-speaking community one of the team was a native Welsh-speaker which allowed to understand aspects of the election that would not have been clear to a monolingual team.