Wednesday 28 April 2010

Muslim voters ‘hold key in marginal seats’

ENGAGE, the not for profit organisation set up to encourage the participation of British Muslims in public life has kicked off their “Get Out & Vote” campaign to encourage Muslim’s to vote arguing that the impact of Muslim voters in certain marginal and target seats could hold the key to the election outcome.

Muslim voters are concentrated in fifty parliamentary seats in which they form up to 20% of the constituency population and stand to affect outcomes in key three way marginals and low swing target seats. These include Pendle, Poplar and Limehouse, Ealing Central and Acton, Hampstead and Kilburn, Bethnal Green & Bow, Enfield Southgate, and Ilford North.

Mohammed Asif, CEO of ENGAGE, said, “This is a crucial election for the UK. It is the closest fought for a generation and the interest and enthusiasm in Muslim communities to have their voices heard and make their votes count is immense. With the rise of the far right, and the continuing debacles of Iraq and Afghanistan, Muslims are keen to make a difference in this election, and that’s what we’re supporting and working towards.”

Find out more about ENGAGE here and the Get Out & Vote Campaign here.

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