Fianna Fáil Local Election candidate in Dublin’s North Inner City, Imran Khurshid has said he has set out on the campaign trail to be successfully elected as one of the first ever Pakistani-born Councillors on Dublin City Council this Friday, May 24th.
According to the 2018 ERSI report, less than 6% of non-native Irish citizens living in Dublin are registered to vote. However, both European and Non-EU citizens who have made Dublin their home are eligible to vote in the upcoming local elections once added to a Register of Electors.
Imran, who is a local solicitor by profession, has created an innovative illustrated guide to the voter registration process as a way to inform the immigrant community of how to be added to the Supplementary Register in time for the local and European elections in eight weeks’ time.
Speaking following his campaign launch at the 4 Star Kitchen on Moore Street, Imran Khurshid said, “I have decided to run for election to Dublin City Council to stand up for equality and the active integration of all residents in the inner city irrespective of race or creed. My experience of North Inner City has been that it is a warm and welcoming community and I want to promote that very positive element of my area.
“While out and about meeting with residents I am often greeted by surprise and a smile. Locals are generally very interested in the forthcoming elections and are reminded of how representative democracy can be and how integration can be achieved through engagement in public life.
“Greater political participation can play a hugely positive role in developing integration in our society, but unfortunately Dublin has the second worst rate of political participation in the country.
“In my view it is important that our Local Authority reflects the rich diversity of the area it serves. Migrant communities are a part of our city life and I think that Dublin City Council will be improved by hearing their voice directly from a representative.”