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McGuigan raises concerns over Paisley petition

1 August, 2018 - by Philip McGuigan

Arrangements for the recall petition to unseat DUP MP Ian Paisley Jr must be made as accessible as possible, Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has said.

The North Antrim MLA was commenting after writing to the Chief Electoral Officer setting out his concerns.

“There is a huge deal of anger in this constituency at the scandal involving Ian Paisley Jr and it is only right that people are given the opportunity to express their views by signing the recall petition,” he said.

“The legislation provides for up to 10 centres to be used and I have urged the Chief Electoral Officer to ensure that the maximum number are put in place. Given that North Antrim is such a large geographical area, these centres should also be well spread across the constituency to ensure the greatest level of access.

“There is also a lack of clarity regarding what arrangements will be made for people to sign during normal working hours or if they are unable to attend a centre in person.

“I appreciate that this is the first time the legislation has been enacted but the Electoral Office needs to deal with these issues in a way that ensures the people of North Antrim have every possible opportunity to have their say on an issue that goes to the heart of the debate around integrity in public office.”

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