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Sinn Féin welcomes Electoral Commission support for registration action

8 December, 2006

Sinn Féin National Director of Elections Pat Doherty MP today welcomed the comments of the head of the Electoral Commission in the six counties Seamus Magee supporting demands for people to be able to register up to 11 days before any election.

Mr Doherty said:

"The current electoral register is not fit for purpose. Tens of thousands of people have disappeared from what was already a deeply flawed roll. Urgent action is required to remedy this situation if an Assembly election is to proceed on the basis of a level electoral playing field.

"Sinn Féin have proposed to the British government rolling over those missing from current register but who registered the last time onto the new document. We have also proposed that the British government allow people to register up until 11 days before any election, a procedure incidentally which they have already legislated for but have not brought into force.

"I welcome that fact that the head of the Electoral Commission here Seamus Magee has now added his voice to those calling for registration to be allowed up until 11 days before an election. The British government now need to listen to the advice being given to them by the Electoral Commission and introduce this measure without further delay." ENDS

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