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Morgan calls on Government to make special arrangements for supplementary register

3 April, 2007


Speaking following the news that 34% of members of Macra na Feirme are nor registered to vote, Sinn Fein spokesperson on Local Government Deputy Arthur Morgan called on the Government to make special arrangements to encourage eligible voters to gain entry to the supplementary register of electors.

The Louth TD said;

"Many people across the state are not registered to vote. This very often does not emerge until canvassers call to the doorsteps. The poll results from the Macra na Feirme website is merely a reflection of the problem that is occurring across the state. Sinn Fein are therefore calling on the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dick Roche to direct Local Authorities in conjunction with the Gardai to make special arrangements to encourage eligible voters to apply for entry to the supplementary register of electors. The supplementary register only comes into effect when the election is called but given the huge number of people that need to apply the Minister should act now to give them an opportunity to register.

"Sinn Fein will be actively encouraging people to register and use their vote. The Minister for Environment should aid this exercise as a matter of urgency and ensure that anyone who wishes to use their vote can do so during the actual election." ENDS

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