Don't Forget to Register to Vote
Publish Date: Thursday, 16 September 2004
The Mayor of Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council, Councillor Robert Mulligan today highlighted the need for all eligible residents of the Borough to ensure their name is recorded on the Electoral Register.
The Electoral Office is currently circulating registration forms throughout the area and in order to assist with their campaign, the Council have stocked forms at the Council Offices on Circular Road and at other Council owned premises including Dungannon Leisure Centre, Bank Buildings in Market Square and Killymaddy TIC. All residents, especially first time voters, are urged to avail of this opportunity to register.
The Council agreed a motion at last night's meeting which aims to 'encourage and facilitate electoral registration across the Council area.'
Mayor Mulligan stated:
"It is worth noting that it is compulsory for anyone who is 17 years or over to register to vote but it is not compulsory to use that vote at any election. Registration can take place at any time throughout the year by the process of ruling registration. For this purpose registration forms can be downloaded from the Electoral Office website at www.electoralofficeni.gov.uk or direct from the Electoral Office.
“The issue of electoral identity cards also needs highlighted. This important issue is one that needs to be sorted out well in advance of any election. So I would urge all residents who require identification cards to expedite this matter at the earliest opportunity. There will be at least one election in Northern Ireland next year so it is important to complete a registration form and return it to the local area Electoral Officer. Should you experience any difficulty the Electoral Officer will advise as indeed will your locally elected representative.”