Fermanagh South Tyrone Sinn Féin Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

Councillor Coyle encourages people to take part in deciding future of local Electoral Office.

Published: 25 November, 2016

Sinn Féin Councillors Coyle, McCaffrey and Clarke with NIPSA Representative at the meeting

Sinn Féin Councillors Coyle, McCaffrey and Clarke with NIPSA Representative at the meeting

Enniskillen Councillor Debbie Coyle is encouraging people to take part in the consultation regarding the proposed closure of the Electoral Office in Omagh.

Speaking from Enniskillen, Councillor Coyle said:

"Sinn Féin Councillors met with representatives from NIPSA and MP Kris Hopkins on Thursday last in the Town Hall in Enniskillen regarding the public consultation on the proposed closure of the electoral office in Omagh and the possible transfer of the important services it provides to the Council.

"The Omagh Electoral Offfice deals with all electoral registration, photographic ID, and postal/proxy votes for residents across our Fermanagh and Omagh areas.

"Discussion took place around the introduction of online applications. This is a great concern to myself and my party colleagues in a rural area like ours where many cannot access the internet.

"Issues such as the possibility of losing the service that the Electoral Office provides to schools, whereby they go into schools and assist young people to get on to the register and apply for ID cards were discussed.

"Another concern raised was that applications for postal and proxy votes and ID cards could be more difficult for everyone in the future if these proposals go ahead.

"One of the main issues we have with these proposals is the lack of detail regarding the finance and resources for any proposed changes. "Our Electoral Office provides a good, efficient, local service for everyone in our council area and we want it to stay. I would encourage people to take a look at the consultation proposals and respond." - Ends/Críoch

Notes for Editors: The link to the Consultation Paper. (NB, How to respond is detailed in Section 3.1) http://www.eoni.org.uk/getmedia/bf07213c-13ed-44ac-b2e2-e7f16a4824d3/Future-delivery-of-electoral-services-Consultation-paper