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Elections: European Parliament

Volume 716: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the electorate in Northern Ireland for the European Parliament elections in (a) 2004, and (b) 2009. [HL861]

The Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland is responsible for maintaining the electoral register in Northern Ireland and publishing related statistics. Statistics relating to the eligible electorate in respect of particular elections can be found on the Chief Electoral Officer’s website (http://www.eoni.org. uk/index/statistics/election-statistics.htm) and demonstrate that the eligible electorate for the 2004 European elections was 1,072,669, and for the 2009 European elections was 1,141,979.

The noble Lord may wish to write to the Chief Electoral Officer directly with any further queries.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the percentage turnout in Northern Ireland at the European Parliament elections in (a) 2004, and (b) 2009. [HL862]

The Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland is responsible for publishing information relating to turnout at particular elections. Statistics relating to the 2004 and 2009 European elections can be found on his website at http://www. eoni.org.uk/index/statistics/election-statistics.htm and show that the percentage turnout in 2004 was 51.72 per cent, and in 2009 was 42.81 per cent.

The noble Lord may wish to write directly to the Chief Electoral Officer if he has any further queries.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for postal votes there were in Northern Ireland for the European Parliament elections in (a) 2004, and (b) 2009. [HL863]

The Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland is responsible for collecting information relating to postal vote applications. Statistics relating to postal vote applications at particular elections can be found on his website at http://www.eoni.org.uk/index/statistics/election-statistics.htm and show that there were 3,184 applications for postal votes in respect of the 2009 European elections (this excludes applications for an absent vote for an indefinite period in the run-up to the elections). The website does not contain information relating to postal vote applications for the 2004 European elections and the noble Lord may wish to write to the Chief Electoral Officer directly to request additional statistics.