Guarded welcome to registration legislation
Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin MLA has given a guarded welcome to the news that the British Government is to rush legislation through to attempt to address the deficit in the electoral register.
Mr McLaughlin stated:
"Over the past few years Sinn Féin has voiced major concerns that the new legislation brought in at the behest of the other parties here would lead to a disenfranchisement of the electorate. This was proven right with over 250,000 people falling off the electoral register over the past couple of years".
"The announcement that legislation is to be brought forward to have those who were eligible to vote on last years register but have not re-registered this year put back on the electoral register is welcome. However this does not reverse the legislation that still leaves so many people disenfranchised and Sinn Féin will continue to campaign to have the right to vote brought to as many as possible."
"I would urge everyone to check if they are registered to vote and if not to do so before the deadline in early March and that they have the correct identification needed to vote." ENDS