Campaign Set Up to Get Muslims to Vote

March 16, 2010

Author: Sabina Alderwish

Source: BBC News

Leading Muslim scholars have given their backing to a campaign to try to get more people from their community to vote in the general election.

A Get out and Vote website has been put together in a strategy to encourage Muslims to make it to the ballot box.

There is a large population of Muslims living in 50 UK parliamentary seats.

Imam (Muslim priest) Abu Eesa Niamatullah told the BBC Asian Network: "Despite the fact we have large numbers we are not making our presence felt."

It is expected that this year's election will be a close contest and Imam Abu Eesa from the Prophetic Guidance Project says the Muslim vote could be a key factor.