03/02/2014 LONDON’S Green MEP Jean Lambert has urged all Londoners who are entitled to vote, whether they are UK, EU or Commonwealth nationals or citizens, to register to do so ahead of ‘National Voter Registration Day’, which takes place on Wednesday (February 5th).
Campaign group ‘Bite the Ballot’ are organising this year’s campaign, which is timed to mark the anniversary of the 1832 Reform Act which gave many of us (well, many men anyway!) the right to vote for the first time.
‘Bite the Ballot!’ hopes as many as 250,000 UK residents – especially younger people – will register to vote on Wednesday.
Ms Lambert said “Everyone should be entitled to have their say on which politicians make the decisions that affect their day-to-day lives – and the first step is to register to vote.
“About a million non-UK EU citizens live in the capital, and most of them will be entitled to vote in the European election this May. I hope many of them register to vote and have their say – whatever party they support.
“This is about ensuring the political rights of all who could vote to be able to exercise that crucial right by registering – at least they then have a choice whether to vote or not, or even stand for election!”
Elections to the European Parliament, as well as many councils including London Boroughs and a some mayoral contests, will be held on Thursday, May 22nd.