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Paisley petition concerns must be addressed - McGuigan

11 October, 2018 - by Philip McGuigan

Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan said the Electoral Commission must address serious concerns stemming from the North Antrim recall petition and alleged unlawful DUP fundraising. 

Speaking after meeting the Electoral Commission with party colleague Colm Gildernew, the North Antrim MLA said:

“Today we met with the Electoral Commission to raise serious concerns about the performance of the Electoral Office during the recent North Antrim recall petition.

“The Electoral Office had the option of opening ten signing centres but opted for just three centres which caused great concern and a lack of accessibility for people in North Antrim. 

“The lack of an effective public awareness campaign and the restrictive opening hours of the three signing centres had a significant impact on the outcome of the petition. 

“We also took the opportunity to raise the ongoing Electoral Commission investigation into council funds being used for events hosted by Ian Paisley. If the investigations do find wrongdoing, rate payers must be reimbursed. 

“Sinn Féin will continue to press the Electoral Commission to ensure that these legitimate concerns are addressed.”

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