Observing elections to improve democracy
This report covers the observation by a team of 28 observers, registered with the UK’s Electoral Commission. The observation made 239 separate observations in 223 different polling stations across the South Wales Central region of the National Assembly. These covered all three councils which make up the electoral region namely Cardiff, Rhondda Cynon Taff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
Each team was split into pairs to allow for objective observation and they agreed their opinions of the electoral process before submitting data to the central team. The survey was conducted online.
The observations generally took between fifteen and twenty minutes per polling station as the observers were asked to ensure that they attempted to see the entire process, which included staff greeting electors on arrival at the polling station.
Each team of observers was contacted throughout the day by the central team to ensure that observation was as uniform as possible. All eight constituencies were observed to the following extent;
Some polling stations were visited more than once.
This constituted over 50% of all the polling stations in South Wales Central. This was predominantly in Cardiff but an extensive observation was also conducted in Rhondda constituency. The results have been anonymised across all three councils.
Click the link below for the Final Report from South Wales Central region.