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Electoral Office says it did not organise registration event

The leaflet distributed in Portadown this week advertising an electoral registration clinic organised by the Electoral Office - the office has denied being involved
Connla Young

The Electoral Office has confirmed it did not arrange a registration event organised in its name in Co Armagh.

A spokeswoman for the office, which oversees elections in the north, said it had no hand in an electoral registration and ID clinic in Portadown this week.

Concerns were raised after leaflets were distributed around Portadown advertising the event.

The leaflets claimed the “Electoral Office will be holding a registration clinic” in the area and urged people bring a passport sized photograph and their national insurance number to the Ashgrove Community Centre on the Garvaghy Road

The leaflet also claimed that “at this clinic the Electoral Office will accept applications for photographic ID”.

A spokeswoman for the Electoral Office last night said: “We did not arrange this, we did not issue any leaflets”.

The spokeswoman also confirmed that the organisation did not book the centre were the event took place.

Upper Bann SDLP assembly member Dolores Kelly said she would have expected to be told if there was an official registration event taking place in the area.

“The ball is in the Electoral Office court in terms of what it is going to do,” she said.

“It’s very clearly saying this event was organised by the Electoral Office.”

 

A spokeswoman for Armagh, Banbridge and Criagavon District Council said: "Ashgrove Community Centre received a booking request from a community association for use of the centre.

“The request met the terms of council policy and the community association ran the event.”

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