London mayoral election 2024: More than a million Londoners not yet registered to vote

Londoners have just days left to register to vote in the mayoral and London Assembly elections.
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More than a million people in London are not yet registered to have their say on who should be the next mayor - with just five days remaining to sign up.

On Thursday May 2 voters go to the polls, where Sadiq Khan will hope to win a third term in the face of challenges from 12 other candidates.

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The Electoral Commission estimates that around 1.1 million people in the capital are either not registered or are incorrectly registered, with just 86% fully signed up.

The last day to register for the elections, which include votes for members of the London Assembly, is Tuesday April 16.

The commision aims to see an additional 153,000 people register in London, with an advertising campaign focussing on the “feel-good factor of participating in democracy”.

“The advert aims to appeal to many of the groups less likely to be registered, including young people, ethnic minorities, and disabled voters,” the commission says.

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Craig Westwood, the Electoral Commission’s director of communications, said: “Only those registered can have their say at the May elections on issues important to their local areas. It only takes five minutes, and we encourage everyone to check they are correctly registered, particularly those that may have changed address since last year.”

Voter registration is open to all British and Irish citizens and qualifying Commonwealth citizens living in the UK, who are aged 18 or over. This will be last set of local elections in which all EU citizens are automatically eligible to vote.

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