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Shredding of electoral register continues

17 September, 2004

South Down Assembly Member Caitriona Ruane believes the latest statistics contained in the annual report by the north's chief electoral officer Denis Stanley, provides further evidence of a systematic shredding of the electoral register in the six counties.

Ms Ruane said:

"Between September and February 2004 there was a 2.6 per cent drop of in the electoral register. The impact of the individual registration system and of rolling registration has created a huge democratic deficit that is compounded by ongoing problems with photo ID and the way the electoral courts operate.

For many years the SDLP and unionist parties lobbied for the current electoral legislation on the basis of electoral fraud. Sinn Fein's success in the European and Assembly elections has exposed that as a myth. Unless this legislation is substantially amended more and more people will continued to be disenfranchised with working class communities and people with special needs particularly affected. ENDS

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