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Sinn Féin unimpressed by latest Electoral Register

1 December, 2005

Sinn Féin National Director of Elections Pat Doherty MP said today that he was decidedly unimpressed by the latest effort at producing an effective electoral register for the six counties.

Mr Doherty said:

" The electoral register published today unfortunately confirms once again what Sinn Féin have been saying for some years about the flawed process in compiling the document. Well over 100,000 people have been deliberately disenfranchised and had their votes effectively stolen by the British government through this process. I have to say that after the Electoral Office spending over £2m on this process in the past few months I am decidedly unimpressed by the final effort which falls well short of an accurate figure of those entitled to vote.

" There is a clear need for a permanent rolling register to be established and I look forward to the new legislation being passed in the new year. This has come about after a sustained campaign by Sinn Féin to try and undo the damage of the current procedures introduced at the behest of the SDLP and the unionists.

" The starting point for that register should be today's document. The current proposal from the British government to start the new process with a blank register is a recipe for disaster and we will continue to raise this point with the Minster responsible David Hansen in the coming months." ENDS

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