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VOTING DIFFICULTIES FOR EU CITIZENS “DISGRACES OUR DEMOCRACY”

Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP has welcomed the news that Constitutional Relation Secretary, Michael Russell, has written to both the UK Government and the Electoral Commission calling for an investigation into reports that many EU citizens were unable to vote in yesterday’s European Election.

Ms Cunningham said:

“Like many people, I was extremely concerned to learn through the course of polling day that many EU citizens across the UK were denied the right to vote when they turned up at polling stations.

“There were concerns expressed – by the Scottish Government and others – in the run-up to the elections about the lack of time and information being provided for EU citizens to complete the paperwork that was required.  

“Those concerns have certainly been shown to have been well-founded but, even more worrying, are the reports of EU citizens being unable to vote even though they had completed and returned the forms on time.

“My Scottish Government colleague, the Cabinet Secretary for Constitutional Relations has, rightly called for an inquiry to be conducted into these issues as a matter of urgency.  

“Wrongly denying people their right to vote disgraces our democracy and I wholeheartedly back this call for an investigation.  I would urge anyone in my constituency who experienced problems to get in touch with me.” 

“Error, malice, or malpractice, the truth must be discovered.”

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design