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Isle of Man General Election: nomination deadline set

Tynwald Buildings Douglas, Isle of Man Image copyright Manxscenes.com
Image caption 2016 will be the first Manx general election to take place under the new boundary guidelines, approved by Tynwald in 2013

Candidates intending to stand in the Isle of Man general elections this September have been reminded of the deadline for nominations.

Nomination day is 24 August and anyone intending to stand must enrol on the electoral register by 17 June.

Every five years, the House of Keys is dissolved and a general election is held to elect 24 members.

A government spokesman said an accurate register is "essential for the integrity of the democratic process".

On April 1, there were 59,097 names on the register - about 10,000 of these have been added since January.

A reform of the Isle of Man's electoral boundaries was approved by Tynwald in 2013.

The new system means a reduction in the number of island constituencies from 15 to 12, with each of the newly-defined areas to be represented by two members of the House of Keys.

The changes, said the government, bring an end to a system where some Manx residents get three votes, and others get just one.

The island's 2016 general election is due to take place on 22 September.

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