Irish Republican News · February 1, 2005
[Irish Republican News]

[Irish Republican News]
Electoral register to be restored

The British government is to rush legislation through parliament to put disenfranchised voters back on the electoral register in the North of Ireland.

The move follows speculation that numbers of unionists have not carried out the complex annual registration procedure required to retain their votes.

The new voting requirements saw hundreds of thousands of voters cast off the electoral rolls as voters failed to fill in lengthy and bureaucratic forms with intrusive identification procedures.

The leader of the British Lords, Baroness Amos has announced that a Bill is to retrospectively reinstate eligible voters who had failed to survive last September’s annual cull on a temporary basis.

Local government elections in the province are planned for May 5, the likely date for the General Election.

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