NI electronic voter registration not in place for snap election

An electronic voter registration will not be in place in Northern Ireland for the snap general election on 8 June, despite legislation being passed in December to implement the systems.

The news comes as statistics show that 90 per cent of voter registrations in Great Britain are now made online. Electronic registration was introduced in England, Scotland and Wales in 2014.

Voters in Northern Ireland must fill out paper forms return them to a local election office.

A UK Government spokesperson said: “The government remains committed to introducing online registration to Northern Ireland as soon as possible and legislation to provide for this was passed by Parliament in December.

"However, it is important to ensure that the system is properly tested and robust, which will not be possible in time for the 8 June election.

"The electoral office will therefore continue to use the current paper registration system for this election."

Meanwhile, a statement from the electoral office maintained: "It is still anticipated that the planned electronic registration will be available in the autumn."

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