Northern Ireland Affairs Committee

Session 2002-2003

6 February 2003


ELECTORAL REGISTRATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND

REQUEST FOR WRITTEN EVIDENCE

The Committee is planning to take 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 pursue other matters which are drawn to its attention.

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, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA and should arrive not later than 10.00 am on Friday 7 March 2003.

Witnesses are requested to submit memoranda (suggested guideline length of up to six A4 pages) by e-mail or on computer disk in either ASCII, Word or Word Perfect 8 with a single additional hard copy in the post; witnesses 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.