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South African Passport Holders

Volume 173: debated on Tuesday 5 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances holders of South African passports are eligible to vote in the United Kingdom.

Holders of South African passports resident in the United Kingdom who are not otherwise disqualified can register as electors and vote at parliamentary, European parliamentary and local government elections only if they also hold British citizenship, the citizenship of another Commonwealth country or of the Republic of Ireland. Holders of South African passports living outside the United Kingdom can register as overseas electors and vote at parliamentary and European parliamentary elections here only if they are British citizens, and fulfil the other criteria for registration.