February 11, 2021
Electoral Office plan to wipe all voters from register is outrageous – Maskey

A plan by the Electoral Office to wipe all voters from the Electoral Register in the North of Ireland has been condemned as outrageous by West Belfast MP Paul Maskey.

After leading a Sinn Féin delegation in a meeting today with the Chief Electoral Officer, Virginia McVea, Mr Maskey said:

“We have been informed by the Chief Electoral Officer that their plan is to remove all voters from the electoral register this year.

“This is an absolutely unacceptable and, quite frankly, incredible action for the Electoral Office to even consider. It amounts to a mass purge of voters.

“It is a blatant attempt to suppress the votes of citizens right across the North of Ireland.

“The right to vote is something which had to be battled for. This proposed action has to be viewed as another attempt to take away votes from people, particularly those from working-class communities. 

“In my view it is organised voter suppression by the NIO and the British Government.

“We are currently in the middle of a pandemic and the Chief Medical Officer has said it will be well into next year before the necessary restrictions are lifted.

“What the Electoral Office needs to do is implement new ways to make voting easier for people in an election in a pandemic situation.

“We need new processes to allow people to access and cast their votes in a safe manner that protects the health of all our citizens.

“Instead the Electoral Office are intent on removing everyone from the Electoral Register. This is totally unnecessary and the Electoral Office needs to urgently reconsider this decision.

“We will be challenging this robustly and protecting the voting rights of all citizens.”

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