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Gildernew - Concern at difficulties accessing postal and proxy votes

7 April, 2005

Sinn Féin Fermanagh South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew has expressed concerns at the difficulties being faced in accessing postal and proxy application forms from the Electoral Office.

Ms Gildernew said:

"In a number of places Sinn Fein election workers are experiencing difficulties in accessing application forms for postal and proxy votes from the Electoral Office, particularly in Derry and in Newry and Armagh.

"The implications of such difficulties being placed in the way of election workers trying to help people exercise their democratic right to vote are far reaching.

"Sinn Fein will challenge any attempt to undermine the right of anyone to vote, just as we have challenged the way that the electoral legislation had taken thousands and thousands of people off the electoral register."ENDS

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