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‘Litany of incompetence hitting North Belfast voters’ - Ní Chuilín

17 May, 2019 - by Carál Ní Chuilín

A litany of Electoral Office incompetence is directly impacting on voters in North Belfast, Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín has said.

The North Belfast MLA was speaking after the Electoral Office admitted an error in polling cards issued ahead of Thursday’s European election.

She commented: “This is just the latest in a series of bad decisions and mistakes by the Electoral Office which are directly impacting on the voters of North Belfast.

“In the recent local government election, disabled voters were told they could not get access to  Cliftonville Integrated Primary School in order to cast their vote. That was a disgraceful situation.

“Then there was the removal of Fortwilliam Presbyterian Church as a polling station against the wishes of many within the local community. This decision has now been compounded by the poling cards issued for the EU election which lists Fortwilliam as the official polling station.

“Sinn Féin immediately raised this with the Electoral Office which confirmed that Fortwilliman remains closed as a polling station and the cards had been issued in error.

“New polling cards will now be posted but the damage has already been done and even more confusion caused by the actions of the Electoral Office.

“This litany of incompetence has to end and Sinn Féin will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Electoral Office to demand that steps are taken to ensure we never again see the kind of errors and bad decisions that have occurred over these recent elections.”

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