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Sinn Féin pressure on Electoral Office begins to pay off, but more needs done – de Brún

15 April, 2009 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for the Six Counties Bairbre de Brún has welcomed news today that the Electoral Office will now use records from the Department of Work and Pensions database in order to verify addresses of citizens on the electoral register.   Speaking this afternoon Ms de Brún said,   “Sinn Fein has been very open and very public in challenging Douglas Bain on the approach his office was taking on this matter. We had very legitimate concerns that the impact of this negative approach would be felt most within the nationalist community, in particularly in rural and working class areas.   Our party, and community representatives and groups throughout the North also had very deep concerns with the implications of the Electoral Office questioning the legitimacy of people living in larger households because it does not comply with the Electoral Office's criteria for what constitutes an average family.   Recently Sinn Féin MP Pat Doherty led a party delegation in meeting with British Minister, Paul Goggins, highlighting these concerns. Following pressure from Sinn Féin, it seems apparent that Douglas Bain has decided to reveres this position.   What we need to hear now is how the electoral office intends on ensuring that those 400 people removed from the electoral register are ensured their democratic entitlement and get back on the register without any further delay.” CRÍOCH

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