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Gildernew concerned at postal and proxy application process

16 May, 2019 - by Colm Gildernew

Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has said the significant decrease in applications for postal and proxy votes for the upcoming European Election is ‘concerning’ and has requested a meeting with the Electoral Office.

The Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA was commenting after it emerged the number of applications for postal and proxy votes has dropped by 8,000 from the local government election.Colm Gildernew said:

"There have been serious concerns raised about the timeframe for applying for postal and proxy votes as the deadline was the day of the local government elections.

“The Electoral Office has a responsibility to ensure citizens have maximum access to their democratic right to vote. It has demonstrably failed to achieve this given the worrying reduction in applications for postal and proxy votes for the upcoming European Election.  

“The Electoral Office has spent the last few years centralising all election related services to a single office in Belfast which has limited access to its services for people outside Belfast, particularly those in rural areas. This decision needs to be reviewed urgently.

“I have requested a meeting with Electoral Office officials to address the reasons for this decrease in applications and previous concerns arising from the local government elections.” 

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