Qualifying Citizens

Qualifying Commonwealth Citizens

Qualifying Commonwealth Citizens are Commonwealth citizens resident in the UK who are entitled to register to vote in respect of all elections held in the UK, provided that they also fulfil the age requirement for registration and are not subject to any other legal incapacity.

Citizens of the following countries meet the nationality criteria to register in respect of all elections:

Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada, Cyprus*, Dominica, Fiji Islands**, The Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta*, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Sieraa Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, United Kingdom, United Republic of Tanzania, Vanuatu, Zambia, Zimbabwe**.

[*]Although also EU member states, citizens of Cyprus and Malta are eligible to be registered to vote in respect of all elections held in the UK.

[**]Citizens of Fiju and Zimbabwe retain their voting rights despite Fiji being currently suspended from the Commonwealth and Zimbabwe having withdrawn from the Commonwealth in 2003.  The voting rights are laid out in the British Nationality Act 1981 and are not affected by subsequent circumstances; they could only be altered by an Act of the UK Parliament.

Qualifying European Union Member States

Citizens of the following countries meet the nationality criteria to register in respect of Local and European Parliamentary Elections:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus2, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland3, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta2, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom3.

[2] Although also EU member states, citizens of Cyprus and Malta are eligible to be registered to vote in respect of all elections held in the UK.

[3] Citizens of the UK and the Republic of Ireland are eligible to be registered to vote in respect of all elections held in the UK.