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Sinn Féin raise register concerns with British Government

22 November, 2005

Speaking after a meeting in Stormont this morning on the issue of the Electoral Register with the British Direct Rule minister David Hansen, Sinn Féin six county Director of Elections Sean Begley said:

" It is our view that there is going to be a deeply flawed Electoral Register published on December 1st. As with all of the other registers published under the current regulations the register will not accurately reflect the electorate and hundreds of thousands of voters will be disenfranchised.

" I pressed the British government today to look at this situation urgently. Last May they were forced to roll over an additional 70,000 people onto the register from the previous year to try and bridge the massive short fall in the original register compiled by the Electoral Office. The Minister indicated today that none of these 70,000 voters will be automatically rolled over onto the December 1st document.

" Despite the fact that this is the final register to be compiled under the current system the British government have a clear responsibility to ensure that it the register is fit for purpose. Producing a document which effectively disenfranchises hundreds of thousands of people fails to do this and undermines confidence in the entire electoral process." ENDS

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