Who can vote in elections in the United Kingdom?

Eligible countries (all elections)

Citizens of the UK and the Republic of Ireland over the age of 18 are eligible to vote in all elections held in the United Kingdom. Below is a list of all other countries whose citizens are eligible to vote at all elections held in this country. 

British overseas territories

  • Anguilla
  • Bermuda
  • British Antarctic Territory
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Cayman Islands
  • Falkland Islands
  • Gibraltar*
  • Hong Kong (If holding a British Dependent Territories, British Nationals (Overseas) or a British Overseas passport)
  • Montserrat
  • Pitcairn Island
  • St. Helena
  • St. Helena dependencies (Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha)
  • South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands
  • Turks and Caicos Islands

*Citizens of Gibraltar who are resident in Gibraltar are entitled to register to vote at European Parliamentary elections in the South West Region. This is administered by the European Registration Officer for Gibraltar.

Commonwealth countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cyprus (also a member of the European Union)
  • Dominica
  • Fiji Islands*
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan*
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Sri Lanka
  • Swaziland
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe*

* Fiji Islands, Pakistan and Zimbabwe are currently not part of the Commonwealth. However, this does not alter the voting rights of citizens of this country. These countries are listed as a member of the Commonwealth in the British Nationality Act 1981 and unless that Act is amended, citizens of these countries resident in the United Kingdom remain qualifying Commonwealth citizens.

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