European Parliament: Elections

Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission written question – answered on 2nd May 2019.

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Photo of Cat Smith Cat Smith Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs, Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the hon. Member for Houghton and Sunderland South, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, for what reasons the deadline for EU citizens to change their status to vote in European elections in the UK was set to 12 working days before polling day rather than six in guidance issued by the Commission.

Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Labour, Houghton and Sunderland South

The deadline for EU citizens returning a declaration indicating that they wish to vote in a European Parliamentary election in the UK is 12 working days before polling day, not 6 working days. This is set out in: the Representation of the People Act 1983 (as amended); the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001 (as amended); and the European Parliamentary Elections (Franchise of Relevant Citizens of the Union) Regulations 2001.

As was the case in 2014, the Commission has issued guidance to Electoral Registration Officers reflecting this legislation.

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