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Adams thanks election workers and voters

26 November, 2003

Speaking after the polls closed in the Assembly Elections Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams thanked all our election workers who worked hard over many weeks on our election campaign and those who 'braved the elements today to vote for Sinn Féin.'

Mr. Adams said "I am very encouraged by the turnout and happy that Sinn Féin's increased vote will see the party emerge as the largest nationalist party in the Assembly."

However the Sinn Féin President that he was seriously concerned at aspects of the conduct of the election and would be raising these matters with the electoral office and the British Government.

Mr Adams said:

"We have received a steady stream of reports throughout the day concerning the overall conduct of the electoral process. We have received numerous complaints of ID problems, and registration problems, as well as other difficulties.

"After this election it is our intention to raise these matters with the Electoral Office and the British Government."ENDS

Note: Examples of difficulties faced by the electorate

La Salle Polling Station in West Belfast didn't open until 7.20am.

In Suffolk Primary School, Mizen Gardens, off Blacks Road, was missing from the polling centre register and people were prevented from voting even though they had polling cards for that school. The Electoral Office only confirmed the error at 4.30pm and the sent up a register.

British Army patrol and checkpoint outside the polling station in Kilcoo in South Down

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