ELECTION SPECIAL: Lancaster City Council refutes figures as it bids to get students voting

Lancaster University.
Lancaster University.

Lancaster City Council has hit out over figures in a national newspaper which showed shocking student registration numbers on the electoral role.

According to the Daily Mirror the University and Scotforth Rural Ward of Lancaster had only 22 of 7,000 students registered.

The city council refute this figure and say it was produced due to an error on a software system.

The local authority says it is also working hard to increasing voting numbers in the city’s student population.

Mark Cullinan, electoral registration officer, said: “The figure being quoted was due to an error during migration of data from one software provider to another.

“As soon as the error was spotted we took steps with our software supplier to amend the situation and re-instate the electors affected in the University and Scotforth Rural Ward.

“However, we do recognise that there will be many students who have not yet registered.

“That is why we are running a campaign specifically targeted at students which has already included roadshows at the Lancaster University campus and targeted advertising.”

Anyone not registered can do so at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

More information about National Voter Registration Day can be found at http://bitetheballot.co.uk/nvrd/.

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