Commonwealth MPs Delegation to Birmingham
Members of Parliament from four Commonwealth countries visited Community Foundation on Wednesday 6th May 2015, to speak to people who live and work in the area about their thoughts and engagement in the 2015 UK general election. The delegation brought over by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) is conducting an Election Assessment Mission monitoring the electoral process in six different UK constituencies over the week of the 2015 General Election.
Nozmul Hussain, the Chief Executive of Community Foundation welcomed the Commonwealth MPs Anthony Agius Decelis Malta MP, Stephanus Bezuidenhout Namibia MP, Raghav Lakhanpal India MP and Justine Mukobwa Rwanda MP to hear the opinions and concerns of local electorates about their level of engagement and involvement in the election process.
The delegation listened to participant’s thoughts and feelings about this year’s election and their reasons for taking part or disinterest in the political system. The delegation also heard from participants what it politically means to be from a minority or marginalised group and whether or not their vote will count.
CPA UK will be holding a press conference and a final report later in the month, which will analyse the process across the six constituencies as well as make recommendations based on their findings.