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Local canvassers sought

The Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) is required by law to write each year to all households to check the details of eligible electors at that address.

The issue of the Household Enquiry Forms (HEFs) to all households in Fife is the first stage in the annual Electoral Register Canvass to identify electors throughout Fife. The HEF also asks householders to identify 14 and 15 year olds who would be eligible to vote in Scottish Parliament and Council elections after turning 16.

All HEFs are addressed to ‘the Occupier’ at the property to minimise the amount of mail which is returned as undelivered.

This year we anticipate issuing approximately 180,000 Household Enquiry Forms in Fife and the HEFs will be posted to households on Monday 16 July 2018. These should land on doorsteps on Wednesday 18.

If there is any way in which your community council could encourage responses from your area that would be appreciated. However, there is a specific way in which you might be able to help the ERO.

As part of the canvass the ERO has to send a canvasser to knock on the doors of those who have not responded to the HEFs. This is normally done in Fife after the initial HEF and first reminder have been sent.

It is not always easy to recruit canvassers with local knowledge particularly in rural areas of Fife. Therefore this year she is attempting to increase the number of canvassers available to carry out the door to door canvass and posts have been advertised on the My Jobs Scotland website from the following link:

https://www.myjobscotland.gov.uk/councils/fife-council/jobs/temporary-canvasser-fif11156-124104

The canvassers will each be given a set workload and will have from the end of September until middle of November to complete that workload, although it is hoped that most of the work will be completed before the clocks change at the end of October. Training and equipment will be provided.

If you are aware of anyone within your area who might be interested in doing some canvassing locally on behalf of the ERO I would be grateful if you could direct them to make an application from the advert above. The closing date for applications is 22 July.

Anyone wishing more information on the posts should contact Trisha King on 03451 55 55 55 ext 442179.”

 


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