Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



Moray’s MP Angus Robertson has welcomed the extension of the voter registration deadline for the EU referendum following technical problems with the website last night.

Users reported being unable to register as the deadline approached and the website crashed.

SNP Cabinet spokesperson Tommy Sheppard MP put forward an Urgent Question for the issue to be raised in Parliament. Later the Government confirmed an extended deadline to midnight on Thursday 9th June.

Commenting, Angus Robertson MP said:

“Nobody should be denied their opportunity to vote in the European Referendum and most definitely not because of a failure in technology preventing them from registering.

“I welcome the extension that has been given and would urge people to check whether they are registered and if they need to register they can do so at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

“This referendum is a huge decision for Scotland and the UK and it is vital that people are able to express their opinion at the ballot box.”

“In many democracies around the world, automatic registration is used to avoid a last minute administrative collapse like we have seen.

“Voter engagement is vital for democracy to flourish – and we know from the way people got involved with the Scottish independence referendum that a high turnout and a high voter registration is incredibly energising to political debate and participation.  The SNP is urging the UK Government not to drag its feet any more on automatic registration – there cannot be any valid reason for them not to look seriously at it after this current fiasco.’’