SDLP plea as electoral register canvass to begin

The SDLP in Limavady has urged people to complete electoral register forms by the September 27 deadline in time for next year’s European and Council elections.

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.

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.

Colr. Gerry Mullan said: “In particular, I would urge those people, who have moved home from abroad, recently got married or changed their surname to register and have a say on who they want to represent them. It is vitally important that the electorate exercise their democratic right to vote and ensure politicians are working for them.

“A further advantage of being on the electoral register is it can help assist your credit rating. Credit reference agencies use electoral roll information to confirm your identity, which is then passed onto lenders when you apply for credit, to prevent fraud.

“If anybody has any concerns they may not be on the register or unsure about how to go about changing details, contact the local SDLP office at 028 777 633 91 or any of our representatives. Completed forms should be returned in time for the 27 September deadline and those who completed their forms will appear on the new electoral register to be published in December.”