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Electoral Office should ensure people can access vote' - Mc Aleenan

Published: 11 March, 2019

Sinn Féin spokesperson Vincent Mc Aleenan has said the Electoral Office should make all efforts to ensure people can exercise their democratic right to vote.

The Banbridge spokesperson was commenting on reports that voters on the Permanent Postal and Proxy list received letters from the Electoral Office asking if they wish to remain on it.

Mr McAleenan said:

"Many voters have received a questionnaire from the Electoral Office asking for confirmation that they still require a place on the permanent postal and proxy list.

"While we recognise the right of the Electoral Office to carry out this work, we have concerns at the timing, particularly in the lead up to the Local Government election and the threats to remove people from the list.

"The closure of the electoral office in Banbridge has been seen by many as another impediment to getting access to your democratic right to vote. Now voters are being asked to jump through yet another hurdle.

"The role of the Electoral Office is to ensure everyone can access their democratic right to vote, not to make it more difficult.

"I would encourage people to respond to this questionnaire as soon as possible to ensure you can vote in the upcoming Local Government elections."