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Electoral register canvass to begin

A canvass for personal details for the new electoral register ahead of the next European elections in Northern Ireland will begin on Saturday, it was revealed.

Voters go to the polls in May and officials want to ensure the roll which details those eligible to cast their ballots is as comprehensive and accurate as possible. Assembly and Westminster elections are due in 2015.

More than 1,000 staff will begin delivering forms to every household on Saturday, to be returned by late September. The documents will require basic information about everybody living there.

Individuals who return their completed forms will appear on the new register, to be published in early December.

Graham Shields, chief electoral officer, said: " Being on the electoral register safeguards your democratic right to vote and ensures that you have your say in elections. Even if you don't intend to exercise your right to vote, it still remains a legal obligation to register.

"Registering to vote is easy and I would ask everyone to take just a few minutes to complete the registration form and return it to us by the 27 September deadline."'

A new register is published each year by the electoral office for Northern Ireland. Each eligible person has to complete an individual form and give details of their name, address, date of birth and national insurance number.

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