éirígí candidate for Belfast’s Upper Falls ward in the forthcoming Six County local government elections Pádraic Mac Coitir has called on people to ensure they are on the register on time to be able to vote.
Mac Coitir said: “The cut off date for being registered to vote in the May 5 local government elections is April 14. If you have not applied to be put on the electoral register by April 14, you will not be allowed to vote.
“éirígí is conscious that many republicans and socialists have allowed themselves to drop off the electoral register in recent years due to the lack of any radical option on the ballot paper. There are also many young people out there who are eligible to vote for the first time but whose names haven’t been added to the register yet.
“What we are saying to these people is, don’t let your voice go unheard on May 5. Contact the Six County Electoral Office to ascertain if you are on the register and, if so, that you are on it at the correct address. If you are no longer on the register, get a form posted to you or download it and send it in.”
Mac Coitir added: “People should also ensure they have valid photographic ID for May 5. If you don’t have valid ID, you can call into your Area Electoral Office to secure an electoral identity card. The deadline for applying for this card is April 22.
“On May 5, working people in West Belfast can make a clear demand for radical political, social and economic change by voting for éirígí. People should not allow this opportunity be denied to them because they are not on the register. Get registered now or lose your vote.”
If you are unsure that you are registered, you can find out by contacting the Six County Electoral Office on 0800 4320 712 or email@example.com with your name, address and date of birth.
If you are not yet registered, you can do so by getting a registration form, by downloading one from www.eoni.org.uk and sending it into the Electoral Office [Belfast Area Office, 1st Floor, St Anne's House, 15 Church Street, Belfast, BT1 1ER]. You can also contact the Electoral Office and they will send a registration form to you.
You will need photographic identification in order to vote. Valid identification includes driving license, passport, electoral identity card, Translink senior smart pass. You can apply for an electoral identity card in person by calling into the Area Electoral Office [15 Church Street, Belfast] where your photo will be taken and you will receive the card within seven days.
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