Elections: Commonwealth Citizens

House of Lords written question – answered on 19th December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government which Commonwealth countries permit their citizens to vote in their elections while that citizen is also entitled to vote in the United Kingdom.

Photo of Lord Howell of Guildford Lord Howell of Guildford Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (International Energy Policy)

All Commonwealth citizens who reside in the UK are entitled to register to vote in UK elections. The following information on voting in Commonwealth countries has been provided by the relevant authorities in those countries.

The following Commonwealth countries permit their citizens to vote in their elections, subject to certain residence conditions, while that citizen is also entitled to vote in the UK: Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; Bangladesh; Barbados; Belize; Botswana; Cameroon; Canada; Cyprus; Dominica; Ghana; India; Jamaica; Kiribati; Lesotho; Malawi; Malaysia; Maldives; Malta; Mozambique; Namibia; New Zealand; Nigeria; Pakistan; Papua New Guinea; Rwanda; St Lucia; St Kitts and Nevis; Samoa; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Singapore; Solomon Islands; South Africa; Sri Lanka; St Vincent and Grenadines; Swaziland; Tanzania; Trinidad and Tobago; Tuvalu; Uganda; Zambia.

Kenya's new constitution provides for the progressive registration of citizens residing outside Kenya and the progressive realisation of their right to vote. How this will be implemented, and what account will be taken of existing rights to vote in other countries such as the UK, is not yet clear.

I await information on: Bahamas; Brunei Darussalam; Grenada; Guyana; Mauritius; Nauru; The Gambia; Tonga; Vanuatu.

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