Assembly Election: Are you registered to vote?

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With less than four weeks to the Northern Ireland Assembly Election on May 5th, East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has appealed to constituents to make sure they have registered to vote and secondly that they have the appropriate photographic identity in order to vote.

“There are three important dates people need to know in order to register to vote, or require a postal/proxy vote or if they wish to apply for an Electoral Identity Card in time for the election on the 5th May,” tells the MP.

ASSEMBLY ELECTION DEADLINES

· The deadline for Registering to vote or updating details is 18 April

· The deadline for Applying to vote by Post or Proxy is 5:00pm on 14 April

· The deadline for Applying for an Electoral ID Card is 22 April

“To register a right to vote a registration form needs to be completed. If photographic identity is required an application for an Electoral ID Card is on the same form. There are two types of postal/proxy vote applications. A permanent postal/proxy vote application is available for voters who cannot attend the polling station on the grounds of blindness or other disability. Secondly If a person cannot reasonably be expected to vote in person at a polling station on the 5th May because of holidays or a student at University, a temporary postal vote or a Proxy vote in order to appoint someone to vote in person at the polling may be obtained.

“Anyone requiring registration forms or postal/proxy application forms can contact the Electoral Office on 02890 446620 or alternatively Gregory Campbell MP constituency offices on 02870 327327 (Coleraine) or 02877 766060 (Limavady),” he concluded.