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Two week extension must be matched with resources to properly update electoral register

21 November, 2006


Sinn Féin Local Government spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has welcomed the extension of two weeks for the public to get onto the electoral register but said it has to be matched by adequate resources if the tens of thousands of people who have been taken off the register are to get back on.

Deputy Morgan said, "The extension of two weeks for the completion of the electoral register is welcome but is but it has to be matched by adequate resources if the tens of thousands of people who have been removed from the register are to get back on.

"There is no proactive measures coming from local authorities to get people back on the register and they seem to be depending on political parties and community groups to knock on all the doors and tell people that they have been removed from the register. This is not good enough.

"There is a huge amount of work to be done if the register is to be updated and accurate in the next two weeks and it certainly won't be done if local authorities do not take this issue seriously, put in the resources and proactively get out on the streets and knock on peoples doors.

"We also need the deletion lists from each local authority to be provided to political parties, community groups and residents associations to make the process easier. These lists have been held back by some local authorities and Minister Roche needs to instruct local authorities to co-operate with these groups." ENDS

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