Nearly 400 Potential Merton Voters Set To Miss Out

Council leader warns new registration system has caused problems

Nearly 400 potential electors in Merton will miss out on a vote in the forthcoming General Election, despite trying to register for the poll on May 7.

The problem has arisen because the new individual voter registration system has meant the identity of would-be new voters are checked against the National Insurance database.

If there is an discrepancy, people are then asked to provide proof of identify, such as their passport.

Problems have occurred throughout the UK by the last-minute rush to register and often in cases after women have got married and taken their husband's surname, so their details don't match the NI records.

Last week Merton had around 1,000 discrepanciecs to deal with, but as the deadline of April 28 approached, it had issues with 405 would-be voters to resolve.

Merton council leader Stephen Alambritis (left) said: "There must be thousands of people in London who have tried to register but risk missing out as a result of this complex system.

"We do believe it's some shenanigans to try to disenfranchise people who would normally vote for parties other than the Coalition parties."

He said he thought Merton would get the numbers set to miss out on registering to vote to "well below" 400 people by the deadline.

April 28, 2015