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Peers complete committee stage of the Electoral Registration Bill

On 14 January 2013, peers completed committee stage of the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill.

The bill aims to reduce electoral fraud by requiring all voters to register individually. The bill amends rules governing UK electoral administration to account for changes to the parliamentary cycle.

The Electoral Commission has been calling for a switch to individual electoral registration (IER) since 2003, and has welcomed the general principles of the bill.

Earlier in the debate, peers defeated the government over plans to equalise parliamentary constituency boundaries before the next general election in 2015.

The bill will now proceed to report stage which is due to take place later this month.

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