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Electoral Register: Forms

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what assessment he has made of whether electoral registration form RP 12 reflects the legal residency qualifications required of Commonwealth citizens to register; (190067)

(2) what assessment he has made of whether section 5 of the electoral registration form RP 12 identifies those individuals entitled to register as electors in Great Britain.

There is no prescribed electoral registration form known as an RP 12, and therefore I have made no assessment.

Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 those entitled to vote at UK Parliamentary, European Parliamentary and local government elections are those who have attained the age of 18 and who are British citizens, citizens of Commonwealth countries who are resident on a permanent basis or have leave to remain, and resident citizens of the Republic of Ireland.

The annual canvass form and the provisions for rolling registration effectively capture a person’s nationality. The Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) will use this information to determine a person's eligibility to register. When there is doubt about eligibility the ERO may investigate and request further information from the elector.