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Sinn Féin to meet ICTU on Electoral Register

31 March, 2004

Sinn Féin National Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin will tomorrow lead a party delegation to meeting with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in Belfast to discuss the disenfranchisement of up to 211,000 people. The meeting comes with only one week left until the deadline for people to try an get back onto the register.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"There is no dispute that up to 211,000 people have been directly disenfranchised as a result of the current electoral legislation, legislation introduced by the British government at the behest of the SDLP and the unionists.

"The current situation is untenable. The register will continue to shrink year on year until decisive action is taken.

"Tomorrows meeting with ICTU is part of the ongoing series of meetings which Sinn Féin are having with a broad section of society in a bid to get this issue resolved. The meeting will come exactly one week before the deadline for people to try and get back on the register in advance of the June EU election.

"It is our firm view that the British government cannot be allowed to continue to ignore this issue any longer. This is about citizens fundamental right to vote. The current situation undermines this and undermines public confidence in the entire electoral process." ENDS

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