The Referendum: Alternative Vote on 5th May

The United Kingdom alternative vote referendum is a forthcoming UK referendum on whether to adopt the alternative vote (AV) electoral system, or to remain with the first-past-the-post method, for electing Members of Parliment (MPs) to the House of Commons, the lower house of the national Parliment at Westmister. The referendum was agreed as part of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition Agreement drawn up after the 2010 general election, first put before Parliment in July 2010 and eventually assented to on 16 February 2011 as part of the Parlimentary Voting System and Constituencies Act. It will be only the second time a referendum will be held throughout the whole of the United Kingdom in its history, the first since 1975 and will be the first uk-wide referendum that will be legally binding upon the government whatever the result.

The referendum will take place on Thursday 5th May 2011, in which all registered electors (i.e. British, Irish and Commonwealth Citizens living in the UK and British citizens living overseas) who will be aged 18 or over on election day will be entitled to vote.

The agreed wording of the question that you will be asked is:

"At present, the UK uses the ´first-past-the-post´ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ´alternative vote´ system be used instead?"

If you would like to register to vote (either in person at a polling station, postal or proxy vote) or confirm that you are on the electoral role please see the Lambeth or Southwark ´Elections and Voting´ web pages for their contact details.

The BBC News Alternative Vote referendum Q&A web page can be found here. Further information on the referendum can be found here.