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The coalition agreement published in May last year promised to speed up the implementation of individual electoral registration to tackle election fraud. I then announced in the House in September last year that we proposed to drop the previous Government's plans for a voluntary phase of individual registration and move directly to make it compulsory from 2014, with special transitional arrangements to “carry forward” any electors already on the register who do not register under the new system that year.
The introduction of individual electoral registration will allow steps to be taken to tackle electoral fraud to restore voters' confidence in the system by improving the accuracy and security of the register, but they will also allow the Government to take steps to improve the completeness of the register.
We will make a full announcement about the Government's plans for the implementation of individual electoral registration shortly.