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New registration campaign launched

15 February, 2005

Sinn Féin National Director of Elections Pat Doherty said that the latest campaign launched today by the Electoral Commission to encourage people to register needed to be focused and directed on those groups and areas currently disenfranchised.

Mr Doherty said:

"For a number of years certain political parties and indeed the electoral authorities in the six counties had been in denial about the extent of the electoral registration scandal which had seen well over 200,000 people disenfranchised. The root cause of this is the disastrous Electoral Fraud Act introduced by the British government at the behest of the SDLP and the unionists.

"Sinn Féin during the last round of political negotiations with the British government did make some progress on getting the legislation amended but much more needs to be done. This current campaign if focused at those social groupings most affected by the drop in the register can play a vital role. However this crisis will ultimately only be addressed properly by the legislation which caused the problem being removed." ENDS

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