A local week long drive to register Brent residents in time for the General Election on May 7 will take place next week (w/c 16/03) as figures show the number of unregistered voters in London could be as high as 150,000.
To mark one month until the registration deadline (April 20) to be able to vote at the General Election, Brent Council staff, working in partnership with local voluntary and community groups, will be visiting busy high streets and supermarkets as well as attending a number of community events across the borough to ensure local people can exercise their democratic right to vote.
The outreach work supports a high-profile national campaign by the Electoral Commission and was recommended by Brent Council's Scrutiny Committee who looked at the problem of unregistered voters that has arisen from the introduction of national Individual Electoral Registration, which requires people to register themselves ending the old scheme of household registration.
Sean O'Sullivan, electoral services manager at Brent Council, said: "The good news is that more than 90% of people in Brent are already registered but that leaves too many people who won't be able to have their say in the General Election in May.
"Changes to the registration process mean we have to verify people against their National Insurance number or other government issued identification so it takes longer to add people to the register. I would urge people not to wait until its too late, register today."
People can register online by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by calling the electoral services office on 0208 937 1372.
Monday 16th March: Kilburn High Road (Brent side, retail cluster), Brent Eleven Streets
Wednesday 18th March: Harlesden: Addaction, Job Centre Plus, Roundwood Youth Centre, Trussell Trust food bank, Unity Centre, Family Support Centre, TESCO Local Harlesden Town Centre
Stonebridge: Outside TESCO Brent Park, Neasden, Bridge Park Community Leisure Centre, Hillside Hub, Stonebridge Somali Cultural Centre, SUFRA Food Bank
Thursday 19th March: Dollis Hill: The Grange. Mapesbury: resident association groups: NW2 & MAPRA, Cricklewood Broadway, Local Mosques, Pakistan Community Centre
Friday 20th March: Kensal Green: Newman Catholic College, Furness Primary School, Islamic Cultural Centre, LEAP, Tavistock Community Centre, City Mission Community Centre, St. Marks Weekly luncheon club. Kilburn: Kilburn High Road (Brent side, retail cluster), Brent Eleven Streets
Sunday 22nd March: Harlesden, Kensal Green, Stonebridge: Church groups