Sinn Féin's Bateson encourages people to register to vote
Sinn Féin representative for the Bann Sean Bateson has encouraged people to ensure they have registered to vote before the 12th April deadline.
“I would encourage everyone to make sure they are on the voter register and with online registration now available it has never been easier to claim your right to a vote.
“You can also exercise your right to vote by using a postal or proxy vote. You are entitled to a postal or proxy vote if you are away working, at university, on holidays, if you are ill or have a scheduled hospital appointment.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to use the online registration service on your smartphone, tablet or PC, it is available at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and the process only takes five minutes.
“Alternatively, you can call into any local Sinn Féin office where office staff can assist you in the registration process and advise you if you are entitled to a postal or proxy vote.
“The right to vote was hard won in the north.
“Your vote is your opportunity to make a real difference in this election and put equality, respect and Irish unity at the heart of the local political process.”