Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Session 2003 - 04

30 March 2004


ELECTORAL REGISTRATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND:

REQUEST FOR WRITTEN EVIDENCE

The Committee is planning to take further evidence on Electoral Registration in Northern Ireland, following implementation of the Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Act 2002.  In particular, the Committee will wish to explore the following issues:

• the reasons for the reported drop in voter registration in some areas;

• the procedures in place for publicising and issuing the new electoral identity card;

• measures taken to prepare voters and presiding officers at polling stations for other changes in voting procedures; and

• the effectiveness of measures taken by Government and other bodies to promote participation in parliamentary elections in Northern Ireland, while tackling electoral fraud.

It may also wish to consider more generally:

• the efficiency and effectiveness of the administration of the recent elections; and

• other matters which are drawn to its attention in the context of this inquiry.

The Committee wishes to invite any individual or organisation with an interest in this matter to submit written evidence.  This should be addressed to the Clerk of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee, 7 Millbank, House of Commons, London SW1P 3JA and should arrive by Monday 19 April 2003.

Individuals or organisations are requested to submit memoranda (guideline length up to six A4 pages) in a Word file on computer disk or by e-mail to [email protected] with a single additional hard copy in the post; those without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

The Minutes of Evidence taken in the previous session have been published as HC 619-i and are available on the Committee’s website.  It is expected that oral evidence will be scheduled following publication of the report by the Electoral Commission on the administration of the November elections (due April 2004), and the Committee will then consider whether to produce a Report.