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Thousands of Electors will not receive Polling Cards

18 April, 2005


Sinn Féin National Director of elections Pat Doherty says that party workers have discovered a major anomaly within the Electoral Office system which will mean that thousands of voters in East Antrim, North Down, Fermanagh South Tyrone and West Tyrone have not been allocated a polling station and will therefore not be given a polling card.

Mr Doherty said:

" Analysis by the Sinn Féin election team has exposed a major anomaly within the Electoral Office system for allocating electors polling stations and issuing polling cards. In the four constituencies East Antrim, North Down, Fermanagh South Tyrone and West Tyrone thousands of voters who are properly registered have not been allocated an polling station in which to vote and will therefore not receive a polling card.

"Sinn Féin have raised this issue with the Electoral Office and it is our belief that they do have enough time to rectify the problem. If any of these people turn up at the correct poling station they will receive a vote. However the fact that they will not receive a polling card may well give people the impression that they are not entitled to exercise their franchise particularly given the appalling state of the electoral register in the six counties." ENDS

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