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Sinn Féin vindicated on Registration Figures

8 November, 2003

North Antrim Sinn Féin representative Philip McGuigan has said that reports from the Electoral Commission indicating that 180,000 are not registered and another 36,000 people are without proper ID, is further evidence of the complete mess made of the entire process by the Electoral Office and raises serious questions for the SDLP, UUP and DUP who supported the legislation to allow this disenfranchising exercise to take place.

Cllr. McGuigan said:

"Reports suggest that the Electoral Commission believe that up to 180,000 people are missing from the current register and another 36,000 who are on the register will be unable to vote because of the new ID regulations. It has been Sinn Féin‚s view that the Electoral Office made a complete mess of the registration process and many of these mistakes are being repeated again.

"To the credit of Sinn Féin activists across the north many of those removed from the register last year have managed to reclaim their vote through rolling registration. But this does not take away from the fact that the registration process is deeply flawed and needs changed radically.

"This exercise in disenfranchisement poses many questions for the SDLP, UUP and DUP. They ushered the legislation behind this through the British House of Commons without any regard for its consequences. They put their own narrow political agendas in front of the ordinary citizen and we can all now see the result.

"These parties need to explain their position to those 180,000 people who will now be denied their democratic rights and entitlements as a direct result of their position."ENDS

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