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"Voting should be free from sectarian harassment and threats." - Gildernew
Published: 25 March, 2015
Sinn Féin MP for Fermanagh South Tyrone Michelle Gildernew has expressed disappointment at the decision to reinstate a polling station in Moygashel.
Speaking following a phone call with the Chief Electoral Officer in which he outlined that a review would now be taking place on this latest decision, Ms Gildernew said:
"The original decision to close the polling station in Moygashel was the right one.
"This decision has been called into question on a technicality and as such the polling station has had to been reinstated.
"The presence of a large number of hostile flag protestors outside the polling station in Moygashel on European election day deterred many people from voting and exercising their democratic right.
"How anyone can deem this is a proper and correct manner to hold an election is beyond me. Voting should be free from sectarian harassment and threats.
"In a separate incident on the same day Sinn Féin posters were removed and workers threatened.
"The safety of voters and workers should be paramount in any decision.
"I welcome the fact Graham Sheils will be launching a further consultation into the use of this polling station which will begin immediately and last for two weeks.
"I would urge those affected by the series of threats and intimidation on polling day and who naturally feel uncomfortable with the decision to reinstate this polling station to get involved in this latest consultation."
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