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McGuinness - All Ireland day of action to demand right to vote

21 May, 2003

Sinn Féin Chief Negotiator Martin McGuinness MP today called on people to come out on May 29th and demand the right to vote. He was speaking at a press conference to announce details of an island wide day of action, in over 30 cities and towns, to protest the cancellation of the May elections and to call for the elections to go ahead in June.

Mr. McGuinness said:

"Next Thursday, 29th May, hundreds of thousands of people throughout the Six Counties should be going to the polls to elect 108 Assembly members and a new cross party Executive. Instead the British government have cancelled the elections, shut down the political institutions and created a dangerous political vacuum.

"The cancelling of the elections is wrong. It is undemocratic. It is disenfranchising the people of the Six Counties. And it was taken against the wishes of those representing the majority of the electorate in the north and the Irish government.

"The British government cancelled the elections because they believed the outcome did not suit their gameplan.That is unacceptable.

"I want to urge people to come out on May 29th and peacefully demand your right to vote by joining protests in your local area.

"It is time for people to reclaim our democratic rights. It is time for people to reclaim the peace process." ENDS

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