Dods Training hosts 48 delegates from all over the world for four-day Election Programme

Polling station
1 June 2015

Ahead of the 2015 General Election, Dods Training won a contract, through competitive tender process, with the Electoral Commission, to deliver a high-profile four-day International Visitors' Programme.

The Programme consisted of a one-day pre-election briefing event, two days of tours and visits and an optional de-brief which was also streamed online for those unable to make it in person. The Programme was attended by almost 50 delegates representing over 28 countries around the world.

The Briefing on day one took the form of a mini-conference and was attended by almost 90 people from Chief Executives of international Electoral Commissions, the High Commissioners and Parliamentarians. Hosted in central London, the day featured a wide range of guest speakers and electoral specialists and received excellent feedback from delegates and the client. 

Day two gave delegates the opportunity to visit the opening of the postal vote in Westminster and undertake a orientation visit of Westminster and Whitehall. 

Day three saw groups visit polling stations in high profile constituencies around London and the South East. Delegates heard from Returning Officers, Electoral Service Managers and visiting elections consultants. Visting constituencies including the incumbent the Prime Minister's seat, Brighton Pavilion and South Thanet, delegates were exposed to a range of different types of geographical and political areas as well as different voting patterns and procedures.

The overall Programme as well as the Briefing Day (which was opened up to delegates beyond those attending the full four-day event) was very-well received. Visitors commented on how well-organised and executed the event was, enjoyed the range of activities and content and were delighted to have had exposure to such a wide-ranging and fruitful Programme. The full case study can be read here.