Voter registration begins

It couldn’t be easier for people to get their name on the electoral register if they haven’t already. A community registration week has been organised this week at venues located all over West Belfast.

Steven Corr of the Falls Community Council insists that registering will only take a short period of time.

“We have had Stuart Mullan from the Electoral Commission out with us, giving instruction on how the forms should be filled in. It takes no more than a minute. The only additional info people will need is their National Insurance number. The Electoral Office have supplied us with pre-paid and addressed envelopes.”

As highlighted by recent Andersonstown News articles, there are huge numbers of people not presently on the register, and Steven Corr hopes that this campaign will help to address the shortfall.

“We aim to mainly target young people who will be 18 by the 5th May elections. FCC have initiated this community registration week in conjunction with the Electoral Commission to try and get the traditionally under-represented on to the Register. This includes first time voters, single parents and disabled people.

“We are encouraging everyone to make sure they are on the register before the deadline. People may think that it isn't an important matter to get on the register and be eligible to vote, but come May 6th, don't complain if your politician of choice hasn't been elected.”

Journalist:: Staff Reporter

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