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Isle of Man General Election 29.09.11

27th September, 2011

The highest number of people ever have registered to vote in the Isle of Man General Election on Thursday 29th September.

Statistics produced by the Government show that there are some 60,000 potential voters for 2011 compared with only 52,000 when the last election took place in 2006 with the number of 16 to 17 years-olds registered to vote also increasing by more than 500 to 1,297.

In the 2006 General Election, the Isle of Man was the first nation in Europe to give the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds.

The island is self-governing, and the 24 successful representatives (Members of the House of Keys or M.H.K.'s) will control every aspect of public life on the Island including law making, taxation and health care.

The newly elected members are to be sworn in to the House of Keys on 4 October.

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