Following the announcement of the Assembly election results last Friday morning, Dyfodol i’r Iaith has written to the Welsh Language Commissioner to ask for more clarity regarding the expectations in relation to the Welsh language.
As the results came in, it became clear that there was significant variation in the emphasis given to the Welsh language and in the standard of the Welsh that was heard. Although it is always commendable to hear learners use the language, some announcers seemed to have great difficulty with the language; on other occasions, the results were announced in full through the medium of English, leaving the Welsh as an afterthought, with media commentators speaking over it.
It is of key importance that the Welsh language is heard and respected on public occasions such as this, and Dyfodol have asked the Commissioner for clarification regarding which language standards are relevant in relation to announcing election results. The organisation has also requested that the Commissioner draw up clear guidelines, in order to avoid any future inconsistencies.