“1 in 4 black voters aren’t registered to vote”


Hindu Council UK has teamed up with other organisations that support black and ethnic minority communities to encourage registration and highlight that you can quickly register in five minutes while waiting for the kettle to boil or running a bath.

The Electoral Commission estimates that 24% of black voters in the UK are not registered, as nearly half of England gets set to go to the polls for local elections on 3rd May 2018.

The Commission’s brand new campaign “Got 5?” is encouraging people to register online at: gov.uk/register-to-vote before the 17th April deadline if they have local elections in their area.

It’s also estimates that 20% of Asian voters aren’t registered to vote, whilst nearly a quarter (23%) of electors with mixed ethnicity are not yet registered.

Emma Hartley, Head of Campaigns at the Electoral Commission, said: “With many local authorities across England and London holding local elections in May it’s vital that people register to vote before the 17th April deadline. We’re keen to see people using the time that may otherwise be wasted, like waiting for a bus, to go online and complete a form in five minutes. It’s quick, simple and really important.”

Sanjay Jagatia, Director Secretary General of the Hindu Council UK said: “Time is running out. With only a few days to go time is running out to make sure you can take part in the local elections. These elections are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in the UK. But if you’re not registered by 17 April, you won’t be able to vote.”

People can find out if they have elections in their area on the Commission’s Your Vote Matters website. Local government elections select councillors, who are responsible for making decisions on running services in your local area.

To vote in local council elections a person must be registered to vote, 18 years or over on polling day and also be one of the following:

* a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union

* resident in the UK

* not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

If you were eligible to vote in last year’s general election and your details have not changed, you will still be registered to vote.

More information on voting in the local elections can be found on the Commission’s Your Vote Matters website: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/

મત આપવામાં માત્ર 5 મિનિટનો સમય લાગે છે. જો તમારી પાસે હાલ #Got5 રજિસ્ટર છે તો તમે મે મહિનાના સ્થાનિક ચૂંટણી નહિ ચૂકો. #localelections

ਕੀ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਕੋਲ #Got5 ਹੈ?, ਇਸ ਨਾਲ ਤੁਸੀਂ ਮਈ ਦੀਆਂ #localelections ਲਈ ਰਜਿਸਟਰ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ ਹੋ। ਮੌਕਾ ਨਾ ਗੁਆਓ!

sanjay-1Sanjay Jagatia Director Secretary General Hindu Council UK (HCUK)Hindu Council UK Email: generalsecretary@hinducounciluk.org








  1. This is good initiative however attention must be paid to Electoral fraud too especially in postal votes and other where a person may be impersonating as another. A recent report in a London newspaper stated that even after the discredited mayor of Tower Hamlets lost his position some 5 years ago, some wards in his reincarnated party are rife with bullying, intimidation and voter fraud. So much is the Met’s concern that Police officers will be on guard at each polling station. Is this a pattern happening especially in Labour controlled boroughs? Why people of a particular community gather around the polling booths near the closing time and gang up on the polling staff? Democracy should be transparent and if a mainstream political party thrives on the support from majority of a religious group then it produces skewed voting not commensurate with the ethos and basis of that party’s principles. I am sure if due diligence is carried out inn such wards and vote fraud is found out there could be many surprising results