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People should not be denied democratic right to vote - Lynch

Published: 5 June, 2017

Sinn Féin MLA Seán Lynch has said he has encountered an increasing number of constituents who have been denied legitimate applications for postal and proxy votes.

Lynch said it is incumbent on the Electoral Office to make it as easy as possible for people to exercise their democratic right.

Sean Lynch said:

"Sinn Féin will be seeking a meeting with the Electoral Office as a matter of urgency to highlight the increasing number of constituents who have approached me after having been denied applications for postal and proxy votes.

"The electoral office could have easily dealt with any queries on these cases and ensured people were not denied their democratic vote had they been provided with sufficient resources and personnel.

"Some of those denied postal/proxies had included their phone number in their applications. A simple phone call could have rectified what in several instances was a wrong or missing digit rather than denying people their democratic right.

"Many students have been denied their vote because they don't have a constant and perfect signature. We have also been contacted by pensioners in their 80s and 90s who have also been denied their vote.

"I would advise anyone that is denied their application to vote through a postal or proxy vote to immediately contact the Electoral Office and appeal that decision and if they are still denied this democratic right then they should contact their solicitor." CRÍOCH/ENDS