Got 5 to register for the Northern Ireland local elections?

Voting information

The Electoral Commission has today launched a brand new campaign “Got 5?” to let people across Northern Ireland know that they can now register online if they want to vote at the local council elections on 2 May.

The campaign aims to let would-be voters know that they can quickly register to vote while running a bath or doing the laundry. It encourages anyone not registered to vote or anyone who has recently moved home to take five minutes to go online and register at before the deadline of 12 April.

Ann Watt, Head of the Electoral Commission in Northern Ireland, said:

It is great that voters in Northern Ireland are now able to register and update their details online.

We’re keen to see people using the time that may otherwise be wasted, like waiting for the kettle to boil, to go online and complete a form in less than five minutes. It’s quick, simple and really important.

At the elections on 2 May voters will elect 460 councillors across 11 councils in Northern Ireland. However to make sure you can have your say you must be on the electoral register.

Ann Watt added:

It has never been easier to register to vote in Northern Ireland, so if you want to make sure your voice is heard go online and register now

The Commission is also reminding anyone who can’t make it to the polling station on 2 May because of holiday or work commitments that they can apply to vote by post or proxy.

Completed application forms must be returned by Wednesday 10 April.

Voters can find out more information at


For more information, contact the Electoral Commission press office:

Extra notes

Notes to editors

  • The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. It works to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by:
    • enabling the delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focusing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible
    • regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
    • using our expertise to make and advocate for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency

The Commission was set up in 2000 and reports to the UK and Scottish Parliaments.