The UK Parliament (House of Commons) was dissolved on April 19, 2017 and the general election was scheduled to be held on June 8, 2017. In addition, The Assemblée Nationale of France held the first round of elections on June 11, 2017. Accordingly, CEC’s vice chairperson Dr. Vincent W.S. Chen and his associates visited the United Kingdom and France from June 5 to June 15, 2017 to observe the parliament elections; with a view to better understanding the election processes of Britain and France as well as the measures that they’ve implemented to protect voter's rights.
Our delegates not only observed the vote casting and counting processes, but also visited the Electoral Commission (United Kingdom), London Elects, the mayor of the city of Levallois-Perret (France), and the secretary of Political Sciences, Mr. Madani Cheurfa. We exchanged experiences with the aforementioned parties on subjects such as electoral systems, voter assistance measures, and suffrage rights etc. These discussions were very beneficial for us.
Sir. John Holmes, Chairman of the Electoral Commission of the United Kindom, Dr. Vincent W.S. Chen, Vice Chairman of Central Election Commission, and Mr. David Yung-Lo Lin, Ambassador of Taipei Representative Office in the U. K. exchanged opinions on the UK election procedure.
Dr. Vincent W.S. Chen, Vice Chairman of Central Election Commission met Mr. Mark Roberts, Vice General Director of the London Elects and exchanged experiences on electoral practices.
The wooden polling booth in Camden district, London does not have curtains. A pencil is provided in the booth as well as instructions on how to vote.
The ballot counting center in Hammersmith Town Hall, London. Every district sets up one ballot counting center for the general election. The ballots are counted manually. The people on the left are representatives from parties or candidates who are spectating the counting process.