1. The European Parliament is generally responsible for passing EU Law (with support from the Council of the EU), scrutinising the work of all EU institutions and establishing the EU budget.
2. Elections into the European Parliament are held every five years. It is the only parliamentary institution of the EU that is directly elected by citizens across the 28 EU countries.
3. The UK will participate in the 2019 European Parliament elections as one of the conditions for the extension of Brexit. Currently, the UK still has the legal right to be represented in the European Parliament as the UK is still a part of the EU.
4. To be eligible to vote in the UK, you must be at least 18 years old on the polling day and be registered to vote before 7 May 2019. You must also be a British citizen, qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the EU resident in the UK. Here is more information on eligibility to vote.
5. Currently, there are 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) who are directly elected by the 28 EU member countries. 73 of these MEPs represent the 12 European electoral regions (also known as Constituencies) across the United Kingdom. This includes South East England - the electoral region for East Sussex.
6. In the 2019 elections, 10 MEPs will be elected to represent the South East. Here is a full list of the parties standing and their candidates. There are also 3 independent candidates vying to represent the South East.
7. In England, Scotland and Wales, the voting system for the European Parliament elections is known as the D’Hondt method. This method of voting is based on proportional representation of parties. On your ballot paper, you will only be required to indicate your preferred party and not candidates. This way, the parties with the highest number of votes get the highest number of seats. Individual seats are then allocated based on the order of candidates as decided by the party.
8. Registered voters in the UK and Netherlands will head to the polls on Thursday 23 May, while those in Ireland will turn out the next day. Others in Czech Republic, Latvia, Malta and Slovakia will vote on 25 May and voters in the remaining 21 EU countries will cast their votes on 26 May.
9. You will be able to cast your vote at your local polling station on Thursday, 23 May. If you live on campus, your polling station will be the Meeting House. For any questions or clarification, you may contact the Brighton and Hove Council Electoral Registration Officer via telephone - 01273 291999 or email - email@example.com
10. All results for the European Parliament 2019 elections will be announced on the evening of Sunday, 26 May and in the early hours of Monday, 27 May.
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