Sinn Féin register objections over Paisley petition centres
A Sinn Féin delegation has registered its objections to the use of just three centres with limited opening hours for people to sign the Recall Petition to unseat North Antrim MP Ian Paisley.
Commenting after meeting with the Electoral Office today, North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan said more must be done to ensure the democratic process is not subverted. The North Antrim MLA said:
“A delegation including myself and Sinn Féin MP Francie Molloy registered our objection to the fact that the Electoral Office 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.
“We urged the Electoral Office to rethink this decision and to provide more centres and more flexible opening times to ensure that the democratic process is not subverted.
“We also raised concerns that not all relevant information for the electorate has been adequately publicised by the Electoral Office and they have agreed to consider a further public information campaign to rectify this.”