European Parliament election, 2014: the United Kingdom
The European Parliament election, 2014 in the UK are going on today i.e. on Thursday 22 May 2014. Polling stations are open for voting between 07:00am and 10:00pm BST. These elections are happening together with the 2014 local elections in England and Northern Ireland.
Maximum results of the election will be declared on Sunday 25 May, after voting is done all over the 28 member states of the European Union.
The voters need to contact their local authority to find the polling station. They can find the local authority details and info on how to vote at http://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/.
These elections take place every 5 years and give the EU citizens, the right to elect who would represent them in the European Parliament, a directly-elected body that guards their wellbeing in the EU decision-making course. There are 31 parties putting up candidates for these elections in Britain.
In England, Scotland and Wales the voting system for the European elections is the system of relative representation.
It’s for the first time when apart from General Elections, all 46 million voters can participate. Most of the folks should have got their polling cards via mail.
Anyone of these who was registered on the electoral register by 6th May is qualified to vote in these elections:
ü Anyone over 18 years on 22 May and who is a British citizen living in the UK
ü A qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in the UK
ü A citizen of the Republic of Ireland living in the UK
ü An EU citizen living in the UK
ü British citizens living overseas can also vote in the European elections if they are registered as overseas electors EU citizens living in the UK can only vote in the European Parliament elections if they don’t vote in their home member state.
These elections are actually important as the European Parliament has an increasing effect over daily lives of the people. They hold a big influence in areas like customer protection, the environs etc. The face of the new European Parliament will certainly have a big effect on the upcoming course of the EU. The fallouts of these elections can also make a great impact on 2015 general election in the UK.