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Sinn Féin urges older people to register to vote

3 October, 2007


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Older People, Micky Brady MLA (Newry/Armagh) has urged all those Senior Citizens who are not on the Electoral Register to recognize the influence they can exert on the political process by exercising their right to vote.

Speaking during this week's 'electoral registration week' organised by the Electoral Commission, Mr Brady said:

"Senior Citizens have made an incalculable contribution to our society and should continue to do so. They should recognize the influence that they can continue to exert on politicians but in order to do so they need to be on the electoral register and have valid identification.

"I would therefore, strongly urge all senior citizens to make sure they are registered in order that they can lobby politicians seeking their vote, to act on those issues specific to the quality of life afforded to those who have contributed most to the affluent lifestyle that much younger people are now enjoying.

"To check if you are on the electoral register and ensure you are in possession of a valid form of identification you can contact the Electoral Office on 0800 4320 712.

"If you are not on the register the Electoral Office will furnish you with aregistration form which is available in a range of languages, including Irish, or you can download it from the Registration page of the Electoral Office website at www.eoni.org.uk." ENDS

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