UK servicemen in Iraq unable to vote

I`m not sure if this applies equally to Northern Irish servicemen but it seems an awful lot of UK military personnel will be ineligible to vote today due to administrative inadequacies and changes in the law. In Wales, Scotland and England there were 168,000 service personnel registered to vote before the new law (Representation of the People Act 2000) was introduced in 2000 but numbers had fallen to 33,000 by 2003.