European and Commonwealth citizens urged to join EU vote

Miliband: “The exercise of democratic rights is a very important thing" 11th May 2009: Foreign Secretary David Miliband has urged European and Commonwealth citizens living in Britain to vote in next month’s European Parliament elections, AFP reported.

Citizens of European Union and Commonwealth countries legally resident in Britain have a right to vote in the June 4-7 polls.

According to Labour Party estimates, there are around 500,000 Europeans eligible to vote in the United Kingdom.

"You have every right to vote in Britain if you’re from a Commonwealth or European country," Mr. Miliband said before an international audience in London.

"We have to explain that to people because I think the exercise of democratic rights is a very important thing."

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