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Reforming the electoral register is clearly not a priority for the Fianna Fáil/PD government

2 May, 2006


Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Arthur Morgan TD this morning said ‘reforming the electoral register is clearly not a priority for the Fianna Fáil/PD government’. He said ‘Sinn Féin has been calling for a radical overhaul of the electoral register but despite being in power for the past nine years they have done nothing.  Instead of making spurious attacks on their political opponents, they should ensure that local authorities have the resources to maintain an accurate electoral register.    

Deputy Morgan said, “Reforming the electoral register is clearly not a priority for the Fianna Fáil/PD government.  They have been in power for the past nine years but they have done nothing to address this issue.  Instead of making spurious attacks on their political opponents, they should ensure that local authorities have the resources to maintain an accurate electoral register.

“inn Féin has been calling for a radical overhaul of the electoral register and for the instigation of ongoing and systematic voter registration drives anchored by Local Authorities. They must be given the resources, including personnel, facilities and funds in order to carry out this vital work. Voter registration is best handled by local authorities. They have vital local knowledge.

"There also must be an increased emphasis on voter education. Voter education campaigns should place a particular emphasis on areas with low levels of registration and low voter turnout. Additional resources need to be put in place for the registration of young people. It is a scandal that so many eligible young voters are not on the register.

"The deficiencies in the register have clearly not been a priority for this Government. Legislative changes by this Government have actually made it more difficult for people to get on the register. I am calling for a radical overhaul of the electoral register to give all potential voters an opportunity to use their vote in the next election." ENDS

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