Deadline for European election voting registration nears

Deadline for European election voting registration nears

Lucy Golding

Deadline for European election voting registration nears

Time is running out for residents to register to vote in the European elections.

On Thursday, May 22 polling stations will open across the borough to people over the age of 18 including at Maidenhead Town Hall in St Ives Road.

New voting registration applications must be received by Tuesday, May 6.

Residents have until Wednesday, May 7 to make an application to vote by post.

Votes will be counted on Sunday, May 25 to determine which 73 UK candidates will win seats in the European Parliament, a body that represents 28 countries.

The election happens every five years.

The European Parliament has powers in areas including animal and consumer rights, the environment and international trade.

Political party puts forward a 'regional list' of candidates.

People can vote, using a proportional representation system, for one of these lists or for an independent candidate representing their area.

MEPs are allocated according to their share of the vote.

In the South East 10 candidates are standing for the Conservative party, nine for Labour, 10 for the Liberal Democrats and 10 for UKIP, including Nigel Farage.

Other parties standing include the Green Party, English Democrats and Liberty GB.

In 2009 South East candidates contested a total of 10 seats in the European Parliament.

Of the 97,642 people eligible to vote in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead in 2009, 35,747 people did so equating to 36 per cent.

This is just above the 2009 UK average of 34.7 per cent but below the EU average of 43 per cent.

Maria Lucas, returning officer for the Royal Borough said:

“The Royal Borough’s preparations for the European elections are well on track.

"I would encourage those who have not yet registered to get their applications in as soon as possible."

Call 01628 683868 to check if you have registered.

Visit here for a full list of polling stations.

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