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Sinn Féin meets Electoral Commission

2 March, 2004


Sinn Féin Assembly member for Mid Ulster Francie Molloy along with West Tyrone Councillor Sean Begley today met with the Electoral Commission in Belfast. The Sinn Féín delegation presented the Commission with a number of recommendations designed to restore confidence in an electoral system which now has almost one fifth of the electorate disenfranchised.

Mr Molloy said:

" The Electoral Commission has presided over one of the largest gerrymanders in history. Up to 211,000 people out of an electorate of 1.5million are currently disenfranchised. This is a disgraceful situation and if it were occurring in other countries the British government would be lecturing that country on democracy.

" The current legislation which was enacted at the behest of the SDLP and the UUP needs to be changed. Confidence in the electoral system is plummeting and the Commission need to act to restore confidence.

" Today we presented a number of proposals to the Electoral Commission designed to restore confidence in the electoral process and we expect to hear back from the Commission in the short period ahead." ENDS

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