Calls for Bexley residents to register to vote

PUBLISHED: 10:43 16 April 2012

The inflatable ballot box which visited Bexleyheath

The inflatable ballot box which visited Bexleyheath


Bexley residents have until Wednesday (18) to register to vote in next month’s Mayoral and London Assembly elections.

At the last mayoral election in 2008, 47.3 per cent of eligible voters in Bexley turned up at the ballot boxes, which placed it as the borough with the 10th highest turnout.

This was above the London-wide average of 45.3 per cent, but the Thamesmead East ward had the 10th lowest turnout at 28.2 per cent.

Lat time around Labour’s Ken Livingstone lost 40,000 votes to the Conservative London Mayor Boris Johnson, a large chunk of his 140,000 majority across London.

The Greater London Returning Officer John Bennett said: “A variety of factors are thought to affect turnout - everything from people forgetting, a lack of knowledge or even weather on polling day.

“Our message is, wherever you live in London, it’s your vote and we want to make sure you know how to have your say on May 3rd.”

For more information on how to vote visit

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