A vital component of democracy is giving the electorate their say on the performance of existing politicians, and a chance to vote in new faces and new ideas.
Last month, British Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election. The nationwide vote will take place on Thursday 8 June 2017, with the outcome determining not only who runs the country, but also its strategic direction in the run-up to Brexit in 2019.
Every British citizen aged 18 or over is eligible to vote and the votes of ethnic minorities including British Turks have never been more important. Only by registering and voting can you pressurise MPs and political parties to act on the issues that matter most to you and your family.
If you are eligible to vote and have not yet registered, you must do so by 22nd May. Visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to register and please ensure your friends and family do the same. British Turks do not have a great record for turnout at the ballot box – it’s high time we changed that!
If you are unsure if you are registered, you can contact your local electoral registration office to find out. Visit yourvotematters.co.uk to find your local office.
Register to vote and then do exercise your right to vote to ensure your voice is heard on 8th June!