Last chance to register to vote

There is still just time to register to vote for the May 7 elections.

With less than a week to go before the Monday, April 20 registration deadline for the general election, the Electoral Commission and Melton Borough Council are calling for anyone who isn’t yet registered to go online and do so before it’s too late.

The commission has been running a national media campaign reminding voters that they can’t take part in the election unless they have registered.

Research indicates that recent home-movers, young people, students and those from certain black and minority ethnic (BME) communities are all less likely to be registered to vote.

Lynn Aisbett, chief executive and electoral registration officer for Melton Borough Council, said: “Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible if they want to be able to have their say on a whole range of issues that affect their everyday lives. It’s been five years since the last general election and we don’t want anyone to miss out on having their say on polling day.”

Kay Jenkins, head of English regions at the Electoral Commission, added: “It now takes just a few minutes to complete a registration application with the new online system so we’re encouraging everyone to do this as quickly as possible before the deadline on Monday, April 20.”

Anyone who would like more information on registering can get in touch with customer services on (01664) 502502.

The registration deadline is at midnight on Monday, April 20.