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Welcome for increase in electors - Cllr Begley

22 July, 2008

Sinn Féin Director of Elections and Omagh Town councillor Sean Begley has said that the continuous registration being rolled out by the electoral office is bearing fruits. He was speaking after it was revealed there was in increase of more than 300% in the number of registration applications received compared with the same period the previous year. The figures were included in the annual report 2007/08 by the chief electoral officer, Douglas Bain.
The report showed that the register published in December 2007 had an increase of 50,000 electors.
Speaking following the reports publication, Councillor Sean Begley said
'Sinn Féin has always been a strong advocate of rolling registration, since its abolition a number of years ago we have seen huge depletions in numbers on the electoral register. The high levels of absences on the register along with lobbying forced the electoral office to reinstate the rolling registration scheme.
However with all the good work that is being done it is clear that a lot of people who are still not on the register, this is particularly prevalent in new housing developments and areas which has seen a large population growth in recent months and years. In terms of this there has already been good work done with the electoral office currently engaged in eight pilot registration projects. I would like the see theses programmes extended throughout the north. It is my belief that there should be numerous programmes such as this rolled out on a continuous basis to make up for the huge deficit in the electoral register. ENDS

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