The observer group was visiting UK community groups, parliamentary candidates and electoral officials in six constituencies across the UK, observing the election process including the counting of postal votes and the announcement of results. The visit, which took place on 6 May, was part of an election assessment mission organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK.
Following the visit, Devon branch member Tom Murray said: “It was a pleasure to meet the delegation of MPs from the Seychelles, Pakistan, India and Canada. We were delighted that they were able to take time from their busy schedule to meet with us, and pleased to share with them how the region and the branches within it in have been involved in the RCN’s election campaign, Nursing Counts.”
Fellow Devon branch member Martin Tuckett said: “Their different cultural standpoints were really interesting, and it was great to have the opportunity to represent nursing and illustrate how we’ve encouraged our members to participate in the election.”
The head of the Commonwealth delegation thanked the Devon branch for an ‘enriching experience’ and wished the RCN the best of luck for the future.
Further details of the rest of the delegation's visit and its accompanying report can be found on the CPA-UK’s website.