7,547 signatures to force by-election

Thursday, 9 August 2018

7,547 signatures to force by-election thumbnailIan Paisely. SPB30-105

THE Petition of Recall that could see local MP Ian Paisley forced into a by-election opens this Wednesday at three venues across North Antrim, including the Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre in Ballymoney.
According to the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland (EONI) 75,478 North Antrim voters are entitled to sign the Petition in respect of Mr Paisley, recently suspended from the House of Commons, with 10% of those or 7,547 signatures needed to force a by-election.
UUP Leader Robin Swann and Dunloy Sinn Fein MLA Philip McGuigan have both expressed disappointment at the EONI decision to open only three centres with limited opening hours, instead of a possible 10.


Both MLA's as well as TUV leader Jim Allister have said will be signing the petition.
Expressing disappointment, Mr Swann said three petition centres was "totally inadequate for a constituency the size of North Antrim," and "by restricting the opening hours, the EONI has shown little regard to people in daytime employment,"


Mr McGuigan agreed that the EONI decision on venues was "extremely disappointing," and "simply not good enough."
He continued that "people's ability to reject the disgraceful behaviour of Ian Paisley" was "greatly reduced" by this decision after he had accepted "lavish family holidays from the Sri Lankan government" and lobbyied against a UN resolution about  human rights abuses by the Sri Lankan authorities.
He said the UUP would not register as campaigner during the recall petition, but would encourage any North Antrim electors who think what Ian Paisley did was wrong to sign the petition


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