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Sinn Féin urges people to get on this year's electoral register

1 September, 2003


Sinn Féin Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has urged people to ensure that they get themselves registered on the new register that is opened today. The new electoral registration process requires that everyone must re-register every year.

Mr McLaughlin said:

"The new electoral registration process requires that everyone must re-register every year. This means that although people may have filled out registration forms not long ago they must fill them in again.

"The result of last year's registration process was that 130,000 people were effectively disenfranchised. Sinn Féin has been to the fore in putting pressure on the Electoral Office to ensure that it improves its registration process.

"This is a challenge to the Electoral Office. This year they must take responsibility for ensuring that people are not disenfranchised. They will have failed unless they can demonstrate that they have adequately tried to get a large number of the 130,000 people disenfranchised last year back onto this years register.

"Particularly in nationalist areas and with young and first time voters there is the concern that people will again not be registered. People should not be confused they must register again this year in order to claim their right to vote." ENDS

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