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Electoral registration deficit

8 November, 2006

Sinn Féin MLA Mitchel McLaughlin has called on people to ensure that they have returned their registration forms after the latest figures released by the Electoral Office shows that nearly a quarter of all those on the previous Foyle register have failed to return their form.

Mr McLaughlin said,

"It is important that people get registered to vote and people who have not yet done so should get a form immediately and return it to the Electoral Office. The first new register will be printed on the beginning of December and to have your name on it you must register by Monday 13th November.

"If you are not on the register you will not be able to cast your vote in either an election or referendum.

"The latest figures show that only 76.44% of people have returned their forms, which is nearly 17000 people. Although their will be opportunities each month to get on the register the easiest way is to return the forms posted out recently by the electoral office. This will ensure that your right to vote will be safeguarded for the next ten years.

"Sinn Féin activists are currently embarked on a campaign to ensure that as many people as possible get on the register by going door to door." ENDS

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