Breaking News MoD "striving" to ensure Afghan troops a postal vote Apr 6 2010 By Matt McKenzie THE Government said today it is ``striving" to ensure that British troops in Afghanistan can vote by post in the General Election. Defence minister Baroness Taylor of Bolton said at question time that her department was working with the Ministry of Justice and the Electoral Commission to enable the armed forces to vote. ``We are striving to expedite - subject to operational priorities - the delivery of ballot papers to and from Afghanistan for service personnel," she added. http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/breaking-news/2010/04/06/mod-striving-to-ensure-afghan-troops-a-postal-vote-61634-26187746/? ``We have encouraged all personnel to register to vote and to vote by proxy." Lord Astor of Hever, for the Conservatives, said that ``34,000 full-time members of the armed forces are not registered to vote in this election". And he said that Justice minister Michael Wills had admitted there was ``no guarantee" that all votes from Afghanistan would reach Britain in time. ``What measures will the Government take to ensure all service votes are counted?" he asked. Lady Taylor said that the Electoral Commission had designed ``a bespoke registration form" which was being given to service personnel in Afghanistan. She added: ``Special arrangements are being made to despatch ballot papers and indeed to return them as quickly as possible - all, of course, subject to operational requirements." The Government has previously said that it will attempt to use supply planes to fly ballot papers to and from Afghanistan.