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General Election 2015: Register or you'll be turned away

By Noel McAdam

Published 01/04/2015

Many people do not realise they are not registered to vote - and will be turned away from the polling booths on election day next month.

That was the warning yesterday from the Electoral Commission which has launched a new public awareness campaign.

Their aim is to remind would-be voters they can still get on the register in time for the general election on May 7 - if they register before Monday, April 20.

The campaign also includes a new television advert, stressing how easy the process of registration is - along with radio, Press, outdoor and digital advertising.

Ann Watt, head of the Electoral Commission's Northern Ireland office, said: "There has already been a great deal of interest and debate ahead of the UK general election, with voters keen to have their say.

"However, many people do not realise that they aren't registered and how easy it is to do so.

"We don't want anyone to be turned away on polling day, so if you aren't registered take action now by downloading a registration form."

Voters can use the commission's website - www.aboutmyvote.co.uk - or can call the helpline on 0800 4320 712 to become registered.

Or you can download a voter registration form and send it to your local area electoral office.

Details of your local office can be found at http://www.eoni.org.uk/Utility/Contact-Us.

If you want to apply for a postal or proxy vote, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland's website at eoni.org.uk. Completed application forms must be returned to your local area electoral office by 5pm on Thursday, April 16.

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