March 04, 2005

Commonwealth citizens should register to vote

Writing about web page http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

If you are a commonwealth citizen resident in the UK you are entitled to vote in UK elections. This was initally provided for by the Representation of the People Act 1918.

If you are not registered to vote, you should download a form and return it to your electoral registration officer by March 11th to vote in the elections being held on May 5th (if you live on campus, the university should have registered you already).

The commonwealth countries are as follows:

Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
The Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belize
Botswana
Brunei Darussalam
Cameroon
Canada
Cyprus
Dominica
Fiji Islands
The Gambia
Ghana
Grenada
Guyana
India
Jamaica
Kenya
Kiribati
Lesotho
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Malta
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
New Zealand
Nigeria
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
St Kitts & Nevis
St Lucia
St Vincent & The Grenadines
Samoa
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Solomon Islands
South Africa
Sri Lanka
Swaziland
United Republic of Tanzania
Tonga
Trinidad & Tobago
Tuvalu
Uganda
United Kingdom
Vanuatu
Zambia
Zimbabwe


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  1. Don't forget citizens of the Republic of Ireland can vote as well…

    05 Mar 2005, 02:56

  2. That's right, although they're not in the commonwealth. I've a seperate entry on EU citizens (although RoI citizens can vote in parliamentary elections unlike most other EU citizens).

    05 Mar 2005, 09:12

  3. Mike Britland

    Didn't Zimbabwe resign its membership of the Commonwealth last year?

    25 Apr 2005, 23:15

  4. Did they resign or were they suspended? If a country is suspended the right to vote is not affected. Don't know about if a country resigns. Anyway I got that list from the Electoral Commission's webste (though it could be out of date).

    25 Apr 2005, 23:35

  5. John Roberts

    Belgian citizens lose their right to vote in Belgium if they move abroad (they have to give up their ID cards if they do not have a residence in Belgium and therefore can't vote) So if they are living in Britain and paying tax and national insurance in the UK and have voted in local and EU elections, while in Britain, why can't they vote in UK national elections. This seems to be very much a case of "No taxation without representation".. but I'm sure that one has been used before

    02 May 2005, 16:35

  6. Voting rights are done by citizenship rather than residence in this country – I think it would probably be better if it was done by residence, but I don't think that's the case in many countries.

    Would British citizens living in Belgium be entitled to vote there? Or do you have to meet citizenship and residence requirements?

    02 May 2005, 17:39

  7. Voting rights are done by citizenship rather than residence in this country – I think it would probably be better if it was done by residence, but I don't think that's the case in many countries.

    Would British citizens living in Belgium be entitled to vote there? Or do you have to meet citizenship and residence requirements?

    02 May 2005, 17:39


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