Elections minister urges Muslims to vote
Harriet Harman has writen to all imams in London asking them to urge more Muslims to vote, 18% of whom are not on the electoral register.india Updated: Feb 18, 2006 18:22 IST
Elections Minister Harriet Harman is writing to all imams in London to ask them to urge more Muslims to register to vote. The minister has also visited the Old Kent Road Mosque on Friday to discuss voter registration and the right to vote.
Some 60,000 (18 per cent) of London's Muslims - equivalent to an entire constituency - are not on the electoral register. Her visit is part of a London-wide voter registration drive ahead of local elections in May.
She said, "Many Muslims cannot vote as they are not registered to vote. We are proud of our democracy. But it is not working properly when people are denied the vote because they are not on the register."
She is calling on London's mosques to make voter registration forms available to their congregations. The Government feels that this is one sure ay to encourage integration with young Muslims and forge better understanding.