Foyle candidates in '˜Question Time'debate tonight

Foyle candidates in the forthcoming Assembly Election will take part in a '˜Question Time' style '˜live' debate in the city tonight organised by NICEM.

Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 5th April 2016, 11:31 am
The NICEM debate and voter registration events will take place at the Old Church, Clarendon Street, tonight.

Ahead of the May 5th elections, the north-west branch of the Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities will be hosting the event at the Old Church on Clarendon Street from 8pm to 9pm.

Candidates will be quizzed on various issues including those concerning migrant communities and especially new voters.

Prior to the debate, the Electoral Officer for Derry will host a voter registration event and Photo ID Clinic at the same venue from 6.30pm to 7.45pm to get everyone eligible registered to vote with the proper forms of accepted ID.

A spokesperson for NICEM said: “We will be asking questions that are of particular concern to the BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) and migrant communities, especially new voters. This will be an open event to anyone who is interested in - registering to vote; finding out if they are eligible to vote; participating in the Electoral ID Card clinic; asking the candidates a question, or simply watching the candidates debate and answer questions to help them figure out who to vote for.

“We would particularly encourage first time voters to attend. Even those who won’t be 18 in time to vote in this election, but will be 17 years old by November 30th, 2016 are eligible to register to vote and get an Electoral ID card.”

Catering will be provided at the event.