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Electoral Register

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to identify on electoral registers the person in any given household who (a) completes the electoral registration form and (b) certifies that the information given is true. (206304)

The present system of household registration enables any occupant of a household to complete the prescribed annual canvass form. However, the person completing the form is required to certify that the information they supply is true and accurate to the best of their knowledge by providing a signature and by printing their name. Also electors who complete a rolling registration form on an individual basis are required to sign that form.

As all completed registration forms are held by the Electoral Registration Officer it is not necessary for details about the person completing the registration form to be identified on the electoral register. If the ERO has doubts about the validity of a person’s registration details he may initiate or conduct a review. In addition, any individual may also make an objection to the ERO about another person’s registration details at any time. The Electoral Administration Act 2006 also made it an offence to supply false information on an electoral registration form, which is punishable by a prison sentence of up to six months or a fine not exceeding £5,000.