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Doherty calls for review of Registers

14 December, 2004

Sinn Féin Cllr. Pearse Doherty has called for a review of the current process used to update electoral registers.

Speaking in Donegal today he said:

" The current system is unacceptable people are taken off the register without their knowledge, it only comes to their attention when they go to vote and cant because they've been removed .We now see electoral courts taking place where individuals go to the courts and take people off without the person's knowledge. As a councillor I received a list of proposed people that were being taken off the register. My own wife was on this list, had I not been a councillor and received this list it would not come to her attention. "

"Reasons given for taking people off include Duplication which is a genuine reason however people are being taken off when there is no duplication because someone thought it was. While I understand the difficulty the council face with registers people cannot be denied their right to vote because of someone's mistake."

Cllr. Doherty concluded "Sinn Féin are constantly active on this subject of registration and we have been inundated in the run up to elections with people who are unable to vote as they were taken off without their knowledge. The bottom line is people must be informed, citizens must not be denied their right to vote. Sinn Féin will be attending all these courts to ensure people are not taken off unnecessarily." ENDS

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