Monday, 10 June 2019

Layla Moran secures cross-party support for #DeniedMyVote inquiry call

Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Layla Moran has secured the backing of 68 MPs from 6 political parties today, as they call for an immediate inquiry into the turning away of EU citizens from polling stations in last month’s European Election, as well as the many issues faced by UK voters living abroad.

The MPs have said “we find it deeply concerning that the Government appears to have taken no action to stop such serious disenfranchisement from occurring”, given that the Electoral Commission recommended reform following similar issues in 2014.

The letter is addressed to the Chair of the Electoral Commission and the Cabinet Secretary.

They have called for “a comprehensive and immediate inquiry to look into these issues and make recommendations to the Electoral Commission and to the Government.” The letter sets out recommended lines of enquiry, and says that “[h]ad the Government confirmed that we would be taking part in these elections sooner, rather than on the same day as the deadline for the return of the UC1 form, we could have largely avoided this situation.”


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