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Sinn Féin National Elected Representatives Forum

27 May, 2005

Sinn Féin will hold a National Elected Representatives Forum conference of tomorrow, Saturday 28th May, in the Sinn Féin Gulladuff Centre in South Derry. The conference will deal with the election of new councillors and MPs in the May 5th elections, the financial cuts facing the Education Library Boards, the impact of electoral legislation on the shredding of the electoral register, opposition to water charging, the programme of work in advancing the all-Ireland agenda and the implementation of Sinn Féin manifesto commitments.

Speaking ahead of the National Elected Representatives Forum conference Alex Maskey said:

"It is clear that throughout the Six Counties one of the biggest issues following the May 5th election is the shredding of the electoral register as a result of electoral legislation. Sinn Féin have won the argument on the shredding of the electoral register and secured the democratic rights of voters across every constituency.

"The British government has brought forward some changes particularly in the issue of rolling registration. However much more is required. The British government and particularly senior members of the British Labour government recognise how hugely damaging this legislation has been to the democratic process.

"The British government need to bring forward changes to the legislation and particularly to address the problem of large numbers being unable to vote because of problems with photographic ID." ENDS

Note to Editors
This is not a media event although media may attend the closing speech by prior agreement

The National Elected Representatives Forum includes all Sinn Féin elected representatives - 252 local councillors, 24 MLAs, 5 TDs, 5 MPs, 2 MEPs and 1 member of Udaras na Gaeltachta. It debates development and implementation of party policy and development of party structures.

9.30 am Registration

10 am Introduction - Cllr Joe Reilly Chairperson National Elected

Representatives Forum

10.15 Overview - Declan Kearney Chairperson Cúige na Sé Chondae

11 am Cross Border Bodies and other associations - Cllr Francie Molloy MLA

Vice Chairperson National Elected Representatives Forum

11.40am Equality Agenda in the Council Chamber - Chrissie McAuley Project

manage Equality Human Rights working group

12.15 pm Party Policy at Council level - Sean Oliver Policy Research Unit

12.45 pm Next Steps: Sinn Fein campaigns, Water Charges, Education Library

Board cuts - Sue Ramsey MLA

1pm Closing of Conference - Cllr Alex Maskey MLA

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