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Electoral Commission campaign endorses Sinn Féin position

8 March, 2004

Sinn Féin National EU Director of Elections Pat Doherty MP has welcomed the launch of the Electoral Commission campaign aimed at getting people on the register for the June election. But Mr. Doherty was critical of its late start and the figures being quoted by the Commission for the shortfall in the register.

Mr. Doherty said:

"It is welcome that the Electoral Commission have finally launched a campaign to bridge the massive shortfall in the register. It is a recognition that what Sinn Féin have been saying for months is in fact true.

"The figure being quoted by the Commission for those missing from the register is 170,000. Although a massive total this figure does not tell the full story. In a comparison with the census figures and adding on the figure previously given by the Commission for those registered but not having the required ID the figure for those currently being disenfranchised rises to 211,000. That is one fifth of the electorate.

"This situation is not tenable. This year the register fell by another 28,000. This will become the annual pattern if urgent action is not taken. This registration campaign will not solve the underlying problem of seriously flawed legislation enacted with the purpose of manipulating the electoral process." ENDS

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