Students are protesting today at Liberty Bridge over votes lost to admin error
The protest starts at 5pm
Cardiff students are protesting today outside Liberty Bridge after registering errors from Cardiff Council.
Hundreds of students have missed out on the opportunity to vote in the election today.
Cardiff students posted on the Facebook page, 'Overheard at Cardiff University' to announce plans by NUS Wales to protest at 5pm outside Liberty Bridge.
An event has been created on Facebook, to raise awareness and support for the protest.
The protest is in response to Cardiff Council's statement in which they deny responsibility for the registration errors and refuse to let students register today for the vote.
A Cardiff Council spokesperson said: "A number of people living in student accommodation have supplied incomplete addresses. Without the full and accurate address, including flat and room numbers, it is not possible to add individuals to the register."
They go on to say that "it is the responsibility of the elector to validly register and there is no obligation on the Electoral Registration Officer to chase up invalid applications."
Students are urging others to apply for an emergency vote by proxy, however there is no guarantee of this. An emergency proxy only applies to those with unforeseen circumstances.
Students have taken to Twitter to express their disappointment over Cardiff Council's actions.
Absolutely disgusting, @cardiffcouncil you should be ashamed of yourselves, I sent my application weeks ago, and I am only informed on the day of the election when I contact the electoral office myself that I am unable to vote due to a 'problem with student applications.' https://t.co/DktUlpaOJ6
— cerys (@CERYS4EVEREVER) December 12, 2019
With other Twitter uses also expressing concern.
— ??Deborah??#VOTELABOUR2019# (@Dubsy_chat) December 11, 2019
The protest will take place at 5pm today outside Liberty Bridge accommodation.