It was fascinating to listen to the comments and questions raised. Many were slightly shocked that you did not have to prove your identity at a polling station in order to vote or had your finger dipped in ink etc. It is done on trust.
There was some interesting interaction when slides of incorrectly filled out election ballot papers were shown and everyone was asked if these were valid votes that should be counted or are they "spoilt" votes and therefore should not? The test is whether voter intention is clear or not.
I have seen some extremely rude "spoilt" ballot papers over the years and I was glad that they were not shown!
The British election process is far from perfect and I believe strongly that we have much to learn from other countries about improving our democracy - such as proportional representation, elected head of state, written constitution.
However, when I discussed this with one of the young leaders from a country in Eastern Europe currently facing dreadful problems she said "No, you are not perfect but you have set the measure that we must reach".
Thanks to Newham Councillor, Alan Griffiths, who helped to organise the visit.