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Adams welcomes Andersonstown News electoral registration initiative

7 December, 2006

West Belfast MP Gerry Adams has today welcomed the initiative taken by the
Andersonstown News after they provided an electoral registration form in
today's copy.

Mr Adams said:

"Tens of thousands of people are missing of the current electoral register.
In West Belfast alone over 8000 are missing from the roll. This is
completely unacceptable and has come about because the Electoral Office
chose to compile the new register from scratch.

"Sinn Fein have put forward two suggestions to see the gap bridged.  The
first is to roll over those missing from the last register and the other is
to allow registration to take place up to 11 days before any election. We
will continue to raise these matters with the British government.

"I welcome the efforts of the Andersonstown News today to try and address
the situation in West Belfast and I would encourage the readers of the paper
who have not registered to fill in and return the form." ENDS

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