General Election

UUP's Tom Elliott calls for Co Tyrone polling station to be restored

Howard Primary School in Moygashel, County Tyrone.
Connla Young

UNIONISTS have expressed anger that a polling station in Co Tyrone which was dropped after a loyalist demonstration in 2014 will not be used again for next month's Westminster election.

A flag protest took place outside Howard Primary School in Moygashel, on the outskirts of Dungannon, during the European and council elections in May that year.

Tom Elliott, the UUP candidate for Fermanagh & South Tyrone in next month's general election, said he had hoped the school would be restored as a polling station due to the unavailability of Dungannon Leisure Centre because of work at the site.

However, he said he has been told that nearby premises at Killymeal Road will be used instead.

Mr Elliott said since 2015 “numerous appeals” have been lodged with the Chief Electoral Officer and Electoral Commission “at the unwarranted decision to close the polling station at Howard PS”.

“At the same time the Electoral Office has still retained Greencastle Polling Station in West Tyrone in spite of the fact that in 2018 a gunman entered it,” he said.

He claimed the decision will cause "serious inconvenience to unionist voters and may even potentially dissuade some from voting”.

The Electoral Office could not be contacted for comment.

Enjoy reading the Irish News?

Subscribe from just £1 for the first month to get full access

General Election