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Sinn Féin meet British Government on Electoral Registration

20 March, 2006


Sinn Féin National Director of Elections Pat Doherty MP and Six County Director of Elections Cllr. Sean Begley today met with the British Minister David Hansen to discuss the British Governments proposals to amend the current electoral registrations guidelines.

Speaking after the meeting Mr Doherty said:

"After the introduction of the new electoral regulations a number of years ago abolishing household registration and introducing an annual registration requirement well over 200,000 people became disenfranchised.

"After a long campaign waged by Sinn Féin and others the British government agreed to amend the legislation. It is in everyone‚s interests to have a balanced electoral playing field created through an accurate and complete register being compiled. Today‚s meeting with the Minster is about ensuring that this happens.

"Our primary concern at this time is to ensure that the people who are on the current register are carried over onto the permanent register which is currently being legislated for. It is also important that the government provide adequate resources to the Electoral Office and the Electoral Commission to do their job effectively." ENDS

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