A ‘rushed’ plan to change the way people register to vote in UK elections could be halted today, as the Lords consider blocking a second piece of Conservative Government legislation within two days.
Conservatives say the plan for ‘Individual Electoral Registration’, in which people register to vote individually, rather than having it done by the ‘head of the household’, is necessary to remove names from the electoral register where a person has moved, is dead or does not exist – as a way of tackling fraud.
But Labour and Liberal Democrat peers are backing the “fatal” motion blocking the government’s attempt to conclude the transition to individual electoral registration one year earlier than planned.
Opening the debate, Lib Dem peer Paul Tyler said the Electoral Commission (which had originally pushed for IER) was opposed to what the government was trying to do.
He said: “Parliament has a special responsibility to listen to the Electoral Commission by law. They remind us that we have not just the right but we have a duty to oppose this order.
“Ministers should be ashamed of this unilateral attempt to undermine the IER process, to skew the boundary review and in so doing to challenge the authority and integrity of the statutory independent commission set up precisely to advise us all on these issues.”
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