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Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Electoral Commission made of the efficiency of the introduction of individual electoral registration in Northern Ireland. (269945)

The Electoral Commission informs me that it has undertaken a number of assessments of the impact and efficiency of individual electoral registration (IER) in Northern Ireland since its introduction in 2002. These include: an assessment of the Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 during the first year of its operation; the commissioning of a series of 12 research reports assessing key aspects of IER in Northern Ireland; and, in 2007, research to measure the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the electoral register in Northern Ireland.

The Commission further informs me that it has also undertaken an assessment of IER in the context of its reports on the administration of the 2003 and 2007 Northern Ireland Assembly elections and on the combined 2005 UK Parliamentary and local government elections in Northern Ireland.

All of these reports are available from the Commission's website at: