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March 10th deadline to secure right to vote

8 March, 2005


Sinn Féin Vice President, West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty speaking as the deadline for people to register comes close has urged people most affected by the drop in the register get out and make sure that they are not denied their right to vote.

Mr Doherty said:

"For years certain political parties and indeed the electoral authorities in the six counties have been in denial about the scale of the electoral registration scandal that has seen thousands upon thousands of people wiped off the electoral register and effectively 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 made some progress on getting the legislation amended but much more needs to be done.

"It is vital that those people and groups most affected by the drop in the register get out and make sure that they are not denied their right to vote.

"The establishment have most to gain by excluding people from the political process by trying to deny people the right to vote, the British government, SDLP and unionists can be defeated by those who have most to benefit from challenging the status quo. They have a vital role to play.

"However this crisis will ultimately only be addressed properly by the legislation which caused the problem being removed." ENDS

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