The number of registered voters in the Western Isles for the Scottish Parliamentary election has fallen by more than 700 in the wake of the switch to Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

Fears have been repeatedly raised that the move to Individual Electoral Registration from household registration would result in voters falling off the register.

Nationally more than 100,000 names have fallen off the electoral register - this is the first time since 2009 the electoral roll has decreased.

MSP for the Western Isles, Alasdair Allan commented: “One of the great successes of the independence referendum was the level of engagement that swept across our communities in the weeks and months before September 18th.

“This reinvigorated democracy in Scotland and it’s hugely important we try to retain the same levels of voter participation we saw in the referendum. It’s deeply concerning to learn that over 700 names have fallen off the electoral roll in the Western Isles since March last year.

“This is why I’m urging everyone in the constituency, no matter who they intend to vote for, to make sure they are registered to vote in time for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections.

“May’s election is about who will form Scotland’s next Government and how we keep Scotland moving forward. It’s critical that everyone’s voice is heard as Scotland’s national debate takes place in the coming weeks and months.”

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