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In just three weeks time, Fifers will head to the polls to vote for their preferred party to represent them in the European Parliament.

Voting will take place across the Kingdom on May 22 and those who have not yet registered to vote still have time to do so.

After the election the European Parliament will have 751 MEPs, representing over 500 million citizens in 28 member states.

Across the UK a total of 73 MEPs will be voted in, with six of those coming from Scotland.

In the parliament, seats are allocated among the various states, by the EU treaties, on the basis of ‘degressive proportionality’, meaning countries with larger populations have more seats than smaller ones but the latter have more seats than strict proportionality would imply.

One major new development introduced this year is that, when the EU member states nominate the next president of the European Commission to succeed José Manuel Barroso in autumn 2014, they will – for the first time – have to take account of the European election results. This means voters now have a clear say in who takes over at the helm of EU government.

Lawrence Cooper, Fife’s Depute Electoral Registration Officer, is urging Fifers to make sure they’re registered to vote.

He said: “You’ll only be able to have your say on who represents you in the European Parliament if you’re registered to vote by 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday May 6.

“You can choose to vote by post or ask someone else to vote on your behalf, a proxy vote.

“We must receive postal vote applications by 5.00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7 and proxy vote applications by 5.00 p.m. Wednesday, May 14.”

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