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Sinn Féin welcomes changes in electoral registration but more needs to be done

24 January, 2006

Sinn Féin MEP for West Tyrone Pat Doherty has today welcomed aspects of the new electoral registration proposals.

Mr Doherty was responding to Direct Rule Minister David Hanson‚s announcement that he was altering the arrangements for electoral registration in the six counties.

Speaking today Mr Doherty said:

"Today's announcement by David Hanson is a welcome development. The introduction of a rolling register and the extension of the voter registration deadline to eleven days are positive proposals. However, I am concerned that the register used in the 2005 election is not being carried forward as the basis for the permanent register in 2006. In effect, this will mean that the 2006 register will remain incomplete. Sinn Féin will continue to work for this to be included in the updated register.

"I am also concerned that there has been no Equality Impact Assessment provision in the legislation governing the register." ENDS

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