THE Electoral Commission campaign to get more British expats voting in the UK local and European elections proved a disappointment.
In a report the Commission said that although the number of registration forms downloaded from its website by Britons overseas was higher than for the previous European elections, it 'fell well short' of its target.
The commission ran an advertising campaign in the weeks before the elections on May 22 to encourage 25,000 more people to register. However, only 7,079 did so.
“Although we were disappointed not to hit our target we recognise that expatriates at these elections may have chosen to register to vote in their EU countries of residence,” said the report.