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Polling Cards Not Delivered

25 November, 2003

West Belfast Sinn Féin Candidate Michael Ferguson has claimed that many people in the constituency have not received their polling cards.

Cllr. Ferguson said:

" As the canvass operation draws to a close it is very obvious that many people in this constituency who are registered have not yet received their polling cards. This is causing widespread confusion. People not receiving cards believe that they are not entitled to a vote. People do not realise that you can claim a vote without the polling card.

" Given the complete mess which the Electoral Office have made of compiling the register it is not surprising that this sort of confusion is happening. There can be no excuse for the failure to distribute voting cards.

" There seems to be one mistake after another emanating from the Electoral Office and there is now a serious lack of public confidence in its ability to fulfil its primary function." ENDS

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