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Vote ban for Irish nationals

19 March, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has confirmed that the party have written to the Chief Electoral Officer Douglas Bain challenging legislation that excludes Irish citizens born in the North but living abroad from being able to vote in the European elections in June.

Documentation from the Electoral Office stipulates that in order for people from the North but currently living abroad to get on the electoral register that they must be British citizens.

Ms de Brún said:

“The Good Friday Agreement provides for the legal right of people in the North to have their rights as Irish citizens fully recognised.

“This means that there should be no barrier to Irish citizens from the North from exercising their democratic right.

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