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British government must not deny right to vote - Molloy

20 January, 2017 - by Francie Molloy

Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy today accused the British government of political interference and discrimination in the upcoming Assembly election by denying more than 60,000 people the right to vote.

The Mid Ulster MP was speaking after he and party colleague Paul Maskey MP did a series of meetings today with the Electoral Commission, the Electoral Office and the NIO.

Francie Molloy said:

“We told the NIO that their refusal to put people back on the electoral register who voted only seven months ago is tantamount to political interference in the Assembly election.

“More than 60,000 people have been taken off the electoral register, effectively denied their right to vote. That is the equivalent of a whole constituency being disenfranchised.

“We have urged the NIO to put all those voters back on the register immediately. It has been done before on at least two other occasions.

“We expressed our alarm that the Electoral Office is also asking people trying to get back on the register for four different pieces of identification.

“This is wrong and grossly unfair. Young people in particular who don’t have utility bills are being discriminated against.

“The vote was too hard won in the north for the British government to be allowed to strike people off the register.

“Sinn Féin have started a registration drive in our communities to tackle this blatant act of discrimination.” 

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