E.U. referendum: Cameron worried over low turnout

May 26, 2016, 6:23 AM EDT
U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron
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While appreciating the progress of the campaign against Britain’s exit from the European Union, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron acknowledged that getting the young people to vote is a challenge. Recent polls predict a low turnout of voters in the age group of 18-24 years, a section which is expected to favor Britain’s stay in the bloc.

The deadline to sign up for the June 23 referendum ends June 7, writes Reuters. In order to increase voter participation, the government released a video asking young Britons to register, but the move was widely criticized on social media platforms for its “patronizing” nature.

Pollsters are divided on the likely results of the E.U. referendum, with a few showing “In” camp racing ahead while the others projecting a tight contest between the two sides. Earlier, the leader of the anti-E.U. U.K. Independence Party Nigel Farage had said that a “52-48 percent” result against the Brexit would keep the debate “unfinished.”

The low turnout is a result of the sweeping changes in the electoral registration process, which were made by Cameron last year, notes  The Mirror. The names of thousands of young Britons were cut off from the electoral list after the revamp.