European Parliament: Elections

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 11th June 2019.

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Photo of Ben Lake Ben Lake Plaid Cymru, Ceredigion

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment his Department made of the capacity of local authorities to ensure EU citizens living in the UK were able to vote in the UK at the recent EU parliamentary elections.

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

Registration for elections is a matter for Electoral Registration Officers (EROs). The

Electoral Commission provides guidance and advice to EROs and is responsible for

monitoring their performance.

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.

The Government worked with local authority elections staff

including EROs and Returning Officers and with the Electoral Commission and other

agencies such as the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE) and the

Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) to support the smooth running of the polls.

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