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Numbers on electoral register expected to fall further

29 January, 2004

Sinn Féin Assembly member Conor Murphy has demanded that the legislation regarding electoral registration is changed. His call comes in advance of the new register being released which is expected to show another fall in the numbers eligible to vote by around 30,000.

Mr Murphy said:

"Last year when the first register compiled under the new legislation was produced well over 130,000 people were missing. Some people did manage to get back onto the register but over 100,000 were disenfranchised as a direct result of legislation demanded by the SDLP and UUP.

"It is obvious from discussions we have had with both the Electoral Office and the Electoral Commission that this situation is going to get worse year on year and that the register will continue to shrink.

"It is my expectation that the register due to be made public on Monday will once again show a significant increase in the amount of people disenfranchised.

"This situation cannot be allowed to continue. The legislation needs to be changed and people's right to vote, once again, needs to be made paramount." ENDS

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