This year’s United Kingdom general election is scheduled to take place on 8 June 2017. Each of the 650 parliamentary constituencies will elect one Member of Parliament (MP) to the House of Commons, the lower house of Parliament.
In line with the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, an election had not been due until 7 May 2020, but a call for a snap election by Prime Minister Theresa May received the necessary two-thirds majority in a 522 to 13 vote in the House of Commons on 19 April 2017. The Conservative Party, which has governed since 2015, is defending a majority of 12 against the Labour Party, the official opposition. The third largest party is the Scottish National Party, which won 56 of the 59 Scottish constituencies in 2015. The Liberal Democrats and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party are the fourth and fifth largest parties, with 9 and 8 seats respectively.
As a British citizen, it is important that you ensure you are registered to vote in the forthcoming election which you can do so by following this link by 09:59pm (Kenya time) on 22 May. You don’t need to register again if you’ve already registered.
The registration website is also available in Welsh here.