European election Thu 4 June 2009

Author: Cyril Richert

Nothing to do with Clapham Junction and towers (so far) but I would like to take to opportunity of the audience of this website to join LoveClapham and remind you about the European election in a few days.

There are 72 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) representing the UK to elect. The UK is divided into 12 regions for the vote, with anywhere between three and 10 MEPs representing each region.

The MEPs will be elected for a period of five years. You will only need to put one X on your ballot paper when you vote, selecting which political party or independent candidate you favour out of those on offer. The winners will be selected by a system of proportional representation.

Lists for London can be found here.

You will find information about the role of a MEP here.

All the 736 MEP will be elected between June the 4th and the 7th in the 27 countries of the European Union.

If you want to see how your MEPs vote and represent you in the European Parliament, it is here: http://www.votewatch.eu (an independent monitoring website of EU politics). It provides detailed information about parliamentarians’ voting records and formal political activities – from committee work to parliamentary reports – and includes easy-to-access information on the political coalitions that are formed around policy issues.

All citizens of the EU who have registered in the EU country they live in can vote.

And in case you wonder what Europe has ever done for us and why you need to vote, just look here.

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