House of Lords written question – answered on 7 March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the fact that Zimbabwe is no longer a member of the Commonwealth, whether they have any plans to stop Zimbabwean citizens resident in the United Kingdom voting in United Kingdom elections.

Photo of Lord McNally Lord McNally Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

The Government have no plans to remove the entitlement of eligible Zimbabwean citizens to vote in United Kingdom elections.

Following Zimbabwe's withdrawal from the Commonwealth, the UK Government decided to maintain Commonwealth rights for Zimbabwean citizens in the UK, drawing on a precedent set with Fiji. As such, Zimbabwean citizens are still allowed to benefit under any relevant nationality provisions including voting rights. The UK Government look forward to a time when the conditions are right for Zimbabwe to return to the Commonwealth.

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