Plaid Cymru MS hits out at lack of Welsh identity option on electoral registration form
A Plaid Cymru MS has hit out at the lack of a Welsh identity option on an electoral registration from.
Rhys ab Owen, who represents South Wales Central, wrote to Cardiff Council to demand a Welsh option, only to be rebuffed.
He said it was “disappointing” after being told that electors can only select British as their nationality on the document, and that the council does not have the “legal authority” to amend it.
Councils have sent out the forms as part of annual canvass by the UK Government.
In response to the letter from the council he said: “It is disappointing that people living in Wales do not have the option note their nationality as Welsh on the electoral register.”
In a letter, Rebecca Light Operational Manager Electoral Services at the council, said: “As you’ll be aware the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) is required by the UK Government to send a canvass communication to every property in the local authority, annually during the annual canvass.
“The letter or form will list the information currently held for each elector at the property (including their nationality).
“In accordance with the British Nationality Act 1981 and as a British citizen, the nationality appears as ‘British’ on the canvass communication.”
‘Must be included’
It added: “The elector’s nationality must be included on this as the information is prescribed, and the ERO does not have the legal authority to amend the form.
“Therefore this is not a local authority decision and we are unable to amend electors nationality preference to Welsh. English. Scottish or Irish as required.”