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Vital that everyone register to vote

5 September, 2005


Sinn Féin MLA Mitchel McLaughlin has said that it is important that everyone eligible to vote returns a registration form to the Electoral Office.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"Registration forms are currently being distributed to all people currently on the previous register. However I would appeal to all those who do not receive a form to contact the Electoral Office to ensure that they get on the new register being compiled.

"Sinn Féin has fought hard to have the legislation brought in at the behest of the SDLP and other political party's rescinded to ensure that everyone has the basic right to vote.

"Registration is an important part of the process of claiming your vote and everyone should return a form. It is also important to know that anyone over 17 years of age can register even though they are ineligible to vote until they are 18.

"If anyone has any queries about registering to vote then they should contact their local Sinn Féin office or the Electoral Office." ENDS

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