Belfast Telegraph

Online voter registration to be introduced in Northern Ireland

From the 18th June people in Northern Ireland will be able to register to vote online.

The new service is being introduced by the Electoral Office to make the registration process easier for the public.

The online registration service will be available at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Sinn Fein deputy leader Michelle O’Neill welcomed the news

“Online registration was introduced in Britain a number of years ago and it is Sinn Féin’s view there was an unjustifiable delay in extending it to the north.

“I want to commend the efforts of Francie Molloy MP and Colm Gildernew MLA in lobbying to end the delay in rolling out the scheme in the north.

“This will go some way to addressing the democratic deficit which exists here as tens of thousands of people were taken off the electoral register over recent years.

The Mid Ulster MLA called on the Electoral Office to re-open a programme aimed at registering young people to vote.

“The Electoral Office has a responsibility to make it more accessible for people to exercise their hard-won right to vote," Ms O'Neill said.

“Sinn Féin is calling on the Electoral Office to also reinstate the schools registration programme which has the potential to get 10,000 young people per year on to the electoral register.”

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