The final report of the observation mission regarding the 2021 general election has been welcomed by the gov, with Cabinet Office Minister Kate Lord-Brennan extending her thanks to ‘all those who played a role in the election process and made it a success.’
The mission, undertaken by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), observed preparations for the general election and attended polling stations and count venues across the island’s 12 constituencies on 23 September. They gathered evidence from voters, returning officers, candidates and election officials to pull together their report.
The report concluded, ‘Overall, the mission found that the Isle of Man’s electoral framework was conducive to holding democratic elections, in line with international standards’.
The mission commented on the successful introduction of innovative practices and highlighted areas of improvement, particularly accessibility at polling stations.
Lord-Brennan said: ‘The gov welcomes the report from the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and is pleased with the positive overall tone of the report.’
‘The report describes the election as ‘orderly, efficient and innovative’, something our community can rightly be proud of.’
‘There are a number of recommendations which will be reviewed, some of which are already being actively looked at by the Elections Team at the Cabinet Office. This is an opportunity for us to improve further.’
The gov is carrying out its own analysis of the 2021 general election, the first to be conducted under modernised legislation.
The findings, together with the recommendations in its final report, will now be reviewed. Feedback will be sought from candidates and those involved in the election process.
An inaugural Isle of Man Electoral Commission is due to be appointed in early 2022, looking at constituency boundaries and other election issues as directed by Tynwald.