SDLP MLA Mark H Durkan has urged the Derry public to join the electoral register ahead of next year’s European and local Council votes.
The NI Electoral Office are currently sending reminder letters to those who have not signed up yet.
According to the SDLP, 52,130 forms, representing 68.01% of the estimated eligible electorate in Foyle, have been returned to the Electoral Office. Those who have not responded are now set to receive NI Electoral Office letters reminding them of the new deadline.
Mark Durkan MLA, SDLP, said: “I encourage people to make sure they register to vote.
“This is an extremely useful exercise and will ensure the register is up to date in time for next year’s elections. In particular, I would urge those people, who have moved home from abroad, recently got married or changed their surname to register. If they are to have a say on who they want to represent them, they must.
“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 that 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 that they may not be on the register or unsure about how to go about changing details, they can contact my office at 028 71365516, or any of our representatives, and we would be only too happy to help.
“Completed forms should be returned for the November 18 deadline. The new electoral register is to be published in December.”