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Ferris highlights flaws in electoral register

25 February, 2009 - by Martin Ferris TD

The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Local Government Martin Ferris TD has drawn attention to discrepancies in the electoral register published at the beginning of the month. The Kerry North TD was responding to a reply from the Minister to a question he had tabled regarding the fact that many people do not appear on the new register. Minister Gormley claimed that the new register was a significant improvement on other years.

Deputy Ferris said, "I tabled the question in response to several representations I received from people who were concerned over the fact that many people are missing from the register. In some cases virtually all of the residents of entire apartment complexes are absent. That would also confirm the National Youth Council survey which shows that over a quarter of people under 25 are not on the electoral register.

"It is vital that action is taken to address this and while I appreciate the difficulties of contacting people who live in apartments for example, there ought not be so many people deprived of their democratic right to vote. Changes should also be made to the supplementary register to do away with the requirement for people to go to a Garda station. Checking a person's identification at the polling station ought to be sufficient security against possible fraud." ENDS

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