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Register, use your vote, and make a difference – Welsh Lib Dems

2010 Ebrill 9 11:38 AM

As campaigning gets under way all across the country, Peter May, Welsh Lib Dem Swansea West candidate and Lembit Öpik, MP for Montgomeryshire are today urging people who are eligible to vote, but are who are not on the Electoral Register, to sign up to have their voices heard.

Figures reveal that 3.5 million people who are eligible to vote in the 2010 General Election have not registered to vote, which means that an estimated 200,000 people in Wales will not have a say in the running of the country on May 6th.

Lembit Öpik, Welsh Lib Dem Montgomeryshire MP said:

"We are lucky to live in a political system where the people, not the politicians, call the shots. Thats why its vital for you to register to vote so that you can have a say in how you want this country to be run for the next coming years.

"Politicians get their orders from what the people say, but unless youre registered, your voice doesnt count and someone else will make that decision for you.

"There is still time to register and use your vote. You have until April 20th to register, so hurry up, register and have your voice heard."

Peter May, Welsh Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate for Swansea West said:

"I can understand why voters might be thinking about not voting. Its been a bad few years for politics and trust is at an all time low. But an election is the one chance we get to change who represents us. This is an important election as it is going to be the closest one for a long time.

"Many people feel switched off from the political process and think their vote wont make a difference. If many people feel like that, our democracy is in trouble and we cannot let that happen. Democracy is the best political system, in my view. It is worth fighting for. But our democracy can only work if people vote. So whatever your political views, in May, please vote but remember to register first!"


Statistics taken from Independent on Sunday/ComRes/Electoral Commission/YouGov

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Registration for the General Election closes on April 20th.