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Electoral Commission needs to ensure the democratic process is not subverted - McGuigan

3 August, 2018 - by Philip McGuigan


Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan has said the Electoral Commission’s decision to open only three centres with limited opening hours for people to sign the Recall Petition to unseat North Antrim Ian Paisley is extremely disappointing.

And the North Antrim MLA said the Commission needs to do more to ensure the democratic process is not subverted. 

The North Antrim MLA said:

“It is extremely disappointing that the Electoral Commission has decided to only open three centres with limited opening hours for the recall petition.

“This is simply not good enough.

“It greatly reduces people’s ability to reject the disgraceful behaviour of Ian Paisley in accepting lavish family holidays from the Sri Lankan government before lobbying against a UN investigation into war crimes and human rights abuses.

“North Antrim is a large constituency and Sinn Féin proposed that the recall petition should be available in as many as ten local government offices. 

“I would urge the Electoral Commission to provide more centres and more flexible opening times to ensure that the democratic process is not subverted.” 

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