AHEAD OF the council elections on May 22 it has been revealed that some registered voters in the Garrison area have been wrongly advised to travel to Belcoo to vote, some 13 miles away.
The startling revelations come from Sinn Fein candidate for Erne West Anthony Feely, who has urged people to check their polling cards to ensure their information is correct.
“During a routine canvass of the local area ahead of the forthcoming council elections, I established that some voters were being asked to travel from the Loughside Road in Garrison to cast their vote in Belcoo.
“I have raised this issue with the Electoral Office and they have advised me that this was an administrative problem but that these details have been corrected. Letters are being issued today to advise of this change. They have also confirmed that there are a number of ‘isolated incidents’ in many areas across the north of a similar vein.
“Asking people that have to travel three miles to their nearest polling station to travel a further thirteen miles past it makes absolutely no sense so I am glad that as a result of my intervention, this matter has been resolved.”
Mr Feely also explained that others in the local area have been similarly affected.
“It appears that there are also people in the Boho area who are being asked to vote in Letterbreen, which is another crazy decision.
“I would encourage people who have received their polling card to check that their details are correct and that they are listed to cast their vote in the proper polling station as it will be too late on polling day to rectify this problem.
“I would also urge people in the last few days available for registration to make sure that they are eligible to vote and have the required photo ID to allow them cast their vote in this crucial election.”
The upcoming elections are for the new Fermanagh and Omagh Council, which will begin operations in 2015 and for the European Parliament.
To read more.. Subscribe to current edition