Appeal to get registered now if you want to secure your vote
Sinn Féin Lagan Valley MLA Paul Butler has said that those people who are not on the electoral register should now claim their right to vote and fill in a registration form.
Paul Butler also said that anyone without photographic ID should avail of upcoming opportunities to secure photo ID to allow them to vote in the event of a snap Westminster election.
Mr Butler, speaking as the Electoral Office is about to launch a 'registration week' said:
"I would appeal to everyone who is eligible to vote to fill in and return an electoral registration form to the Electoral Office.
"It is also imperative that everyone aged 16 and over is included on the new Electoral Register to allow young people to make an impact on the direction in which politics develops on our island. Those who are still not on the electoral register should make every effort to get registered.
"I would urge people who want to get registered or are in need of photo ID to attend the Electoral Office registration/ID sessions in the Dairy Farm Shopping Centre on the Stewartstown Road on Saturday October 6th from 1 to 4 pm and in An Munia Tober Travellers Awareness group in the Blackstaff Complex on the Springfield Road on Friday 12th October from 1.30 pm -3.30 pm.
You need to register if:
- You have moved house within the last year
- You have moved to the north of Ireland during the last year
- You have turned 16 during the last year
or if you know you are eligible to register but not yet listed.
"To check if you are listed on the Register you can contact the Electoral Office on 0800 4320 712.
"The registration form is available in a range of languages, including Irish, on the Registration page of the Electoral Office website at www.eoni.org.uk.
"You can register if you are:
- An Irish, British, or Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of a Member State of the European Union
- 16 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18)
- Resident in the north of Ireland for the last three months