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Islanders eligible to vote in UK elections will need to register

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AS THE UK prepares for a general election on 12 December, island residents who are eligible to vote and wish to do so will need to register if they have not already.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street, London, for the House of Commons for Prime Minister's Questions. PA Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 30, 2019. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire (26208225)

Anyone who was registered to vote in the UK in the last 15 years and is eligible to vote can apply to be an overseas voter for the December election.

Even those who were under 18 when they left the UK can still register, provided they did not leave the UK more than 15 years ago and that their parent or guardian was registered to vote there.

The UK House of Commons approved 12 December as election day on Tuesday, after an initial attempt on Monday failed to secure the necessary majority.

It was the Labour Party’s refusal to support the poll that stymied UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s first try, but this fell away when it was confirmed that the EU would allow an extension to the UK’s Brexit date.

What had been scheduled to happen today might now not happen until the end of January, or earlier if the UK approves.

Labour was not going to support an election while there was a possibility of a no-deal Brexit this month.

Although a simple majority would have been sufficient to secure the election due to the nature of the second vote on the subject, it was approved by 438 votes to 20.

An attempt to have the election on 9 December was defeated.

Those who need to register should go to: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote while those who are registered and would like to vote by post can apply at bit.ly/2PwVqea.

Applications to register need to have been received by midnight, 12 working days before the poll.

Mark Ogier

By Mark Ogier
News reporter

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