British government criticised over voting system for ex-pats

The European Commission (EC) has criticised the UK government for not offering the vote to ex-pats, according to thelocal.se.

Britain was just one of the nations that slated for the lack of voting rights for Brits who live abroad. Others included Cyprus, Malta, Ireland and Denmark. Most other nations still offer the vote to ex-pats, with only renewed registration needed from time-to-time.

The EC has now set out new guidance relation to voting for ex-pats. They claim that EU governments should give the vote to ex-pats who can show that they are up-to-date with political issues in their home country.

The move for new ex-pat voting guidance comes after a recent poll by the EC found that 65 per cent of voters think it is wrong that the right to vote is lost after a person has moved country.

Talking about the issue, said Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, told parsherald.com: "Having a vote is one of the basic principles of a true democracy and the right of every citizen."

She continued: "Taking this right away when someone moves to another EU country is punishing them for opting to exercise the right of freedom of movement."

British ex-pats lose their right to vote once they have been living out of the country for more than 15 years.

Posted on Monday, February 3, 2014

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