By Kayemba Mvula and Edward Sloan
As a research organization specializing in data collection in complex and challenging environments, Forcier and its staff in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) watched with fascination as the electoral and vote-counting process unfolded in the country over the last several weeks.
After a two-year delay, presidential and legislative elections were held on December 30th, 2018, representing an opportunity for the country to witness its first peaceful and democratic transfer of power since independence from Belgium in 1960. Incumbent Joseph Kabila, barred from running for a third term, backed his former Defense Minister, Emmanuel Shadary, who was opposed by two candidates from the opposition, Félix Tshisekedi and Martin Fayulu.
On April 17 the UK House of Lords Committee on Political Polling and Digital Media released a report on polling in the United Kingdom. The Committee took action in response to what it perceived as polling errors in two UK general elections and in the Brexit referendum.
While you can read the full report here, we asked Adam Philllps, who has chaired the ESOMAR Professional Standards and the Legal and Government Affairs Committees, to give us his assessment of what the report means.