Residents urged to make sure they are registered to vote

FIGURES published by the Office of National Statistics show that there are 76,978 people registered to vote in Eastbourne.

But Eastbourne Borough Council’s chief executive Rob Cottrill is warning some residents that they need to act now if they are to have their say at the local borough elections and UK referendum on the voting system to the UK Parliament taking place on May 5.

He said, “Anyone who has moved house in the past few months needs to register with their new address.

“We know there are many people in Eastbourne who have not yet registered to vote, which means they will be missing out unless they take action.”

Residents can request a registration form by calling Electoral Services on 01323 415001, email:elections@eastbourne.gov.uk or by printing off a registration form from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.

Phillippa Saray, from the Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog, added, “Residents may also be planning to away on May 5, given the extra Bank Holiday for the Royal Wedding.

“So it’s worth applying now to vote by post or proxy if that will suit your plans.

“You can print off the forms from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

“It just takes a few minutes, and then you are all set for May 5.”