EXERCISING DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS IN 2016
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 13:34
Falkirk East MSP encourages general public to ensure that they are registered to vote
Angus MacDonald MSP is urging residents in his constituency of Falkirk East to make sure they are registered to vote ahead of May’s Scottish Parliamentary election.
The MSP is making a special appeal to EU nationals who may not know they are eligible to vote in Holyrood elections, and also to those who are aged between 15 and 17 years old and are able to vote for the first time.
The rules on the voting age in Scotland have now changed meaning those who are 16 and 17 years old by May 5th will be eligible to vote in the Scottish Parliament election for the first time. However, they must be registered in time.
It just takes a few minutes to apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Alternatively, those wishing to register can contact the Electoral Registration Office for Central Scotland at Hillside House, Laurelhill Business Park, Stirling FK7 9JQ (Tel: 01786 892 289).
Commenting, Mr. MacDonald said, “With the Scottish Parliament election now only 4 months away the deadline to register to vote will be upon us before we know it.
"It is therefore very important that you make sure you are registered to vote, and if you are not registered that you take steps to register now."
Angus MacDonald continued his statement by emphasising, “It is especially important that EU nationals and those who will be 16 or 17 by May 5th don’t miss out on having their say because they weren't aware that they could register or they didn't know how to do so.
“It only takes a few minutes to complete the online form. Don’t miss out on having your say on who represents you at Holyrood, or who forms Scotland’s next Government.”