Gerry Adams casts his vote and urges voters to get out and vote
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP cast his vote at 10am this morning at the polling station in St Teresa's Primary School on the Glen Road in West Belfast this morning.
Speaking afterwards Mr Adams urged everyone to get out and vote and to vote as early as possible to avoid delays.
Mr Adams said:
"It is vital that people come out today and use their vote. This is a crucial election for the peace process. A vote for Sinn Féin today will strengthen the hand of our negotiators in advancing the process of change, in the transformation of our society and the achievement of an Ireland of Equals.
"I want to appeal to all voters in this election to vote for Sinn Féin and to transfer to Sinn Féin. Sinn Féin has been and continues to be the dynamic for change. We deliver. A vote for Sinn Féin will deliver maximum change. A vote for Sinn Féin is the most effective response to the opponents of change.
"I also want to urge people to get out as early as possible to ensure that they get their vote. There are concerns that the new voting arrangements will not only disenfranchise thousands but that those who can vote will be delayed at the polling stations as electoral office workers process their vote.
"If people require assistance getting to the polling stations then they should contact their local Sinn Féin office to arrange transport." ENDS