London’s Muslims Urged to Register to Vote Before April 16 Deadline

10 Apr 2008

The Muslim Council of Britain working in association with the Electoral Commission has written to Mosques and Islamic associations throughout the London area calling upon them to do their utmost to encourage London’s Muslim communities to register to vote before the April 16 deadline.

“We are calling upon Imams/Mosque Leaders to utilise the Friday prayer sermons tomorrow to remind their congregation to register to vote. We want to see London’s Muslims playing a full role in British political life and engaging with others on issues that are of concern to all of us. It is also important to ensure that the far right do not sneak in on a low voter turnout,” said Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari, Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain.

The initiative is part of MCB’s campaign to encourage Muslims to fully participate in Britain’s democratic traditions and exercise their vote. MCB has launched an online resource centre and is working with a wide coalition of bodies to raise awareness. See MCB’s advert appearing on the Islam Channel and other ethnic TV stations at www.mcb.org.uk/vote2008.

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Notes to Editors:

The Muslim Council of Britain is the UK’s largest Muslim umbrella body with over 500 affiliated national, regional and local organisations, mosques, charities and schools.

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This press release and other MCB publications and information are available on the MCB website at www.mcb.org.uk.