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Electoral Registration

Volume 494: debated on Thursday 18 June 2009

8. To ask the hon. Member for South West Devon, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what steps the Electoral Commission is taking to increase levels of electoral registration in constituencies in which such levels are disproportionately low. (280578)

The Electoral Commission informs me that, following its first annual assessment of electoral registration officers’ performance, the Commission will meet with the EROs from the 56 local authorities who did not meet one or more of the standards relating to the accuracy and completeness of electoral registers, to agree plans for improvement.

The Commission further informs me that these plans will set out specific actions to be taken to improve performance at the 2009 annual canvass, covering such areas as house-to-house inquiries, ensuring appropriate project management, and staff training.