European Parliament: Elections

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 10th June 2019.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on Exiting the European Union

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what estimate he has made of the number of EU citizens on the electoral register and living in the UK who were denied the right to vote in the 2019 European elections; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Government took all the legal steps necessary to prepare for the European Parliamentary

elections and put in place all the legislative and funding elements to enable Returning Officers to

make their preparations required for the polls on 23 May

Electoral Registration Officers are responsible for administering elections at the local level. They

are also under a statutory duty to ensure people who are eligible to vote in elections have the

opportunity to do so and are supported by the Electoral Commission in delivering these functions

The Electoral Commission encouraged EROs to take additional steps to raise awareness of this

requirement locally, through social media channels and other means.

The Electoral Commission supported EROs in the discharge of this function. It issued guidance on

the 4th April which recommended that EROs should identify EU citizens who are on the local

government register and send them a declaration form and supporting information explaining how

they can declare their intent to vote in these elections in the UK should they wish to.

In line with their statutory duty, the Electoral Commission will be publishing a report into the

administration of the polls later this year

Figures on the number of individuals completing forms or details relating to the processing of those

forms are not held centrally by the Government.

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