Sinn Féin Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney has called on all those eligible to vote to ensure they are on the Electoral Register and have acceptable identification.
“On the 7th of May the people of the North have an opportunity to elect a strong Sinn Féin team to stand up to the British government’s austerity policies and cuts to public services and welfare.
“But only people who are registered on the current version of the electoral roll can exercise their right to vote in these elections.
“So if you want to send a message to the British government that their austerity agenda is not acceptable here then you need to register to vote.
“There are thousands of people in Derry and across the North who are entitled to vote but are not on the electoral register.
“The vote in the North was hard-won, people had to take to the streets to demand the right of all to a vote in the face os massive state oppression.
“Therefore as we face into the battle to protect frontline public services and protect adults and children with disabilities, the long-term sick and large families from British Tory cuts, it is vitally important you make your voice heard.
“The only beneficiaries of people being disenfranchised are the Tory cabinet of millionaires and those local parties which support their assault on our public services and the welfare state.
“As was demonstrated most starkly in the last Westminster election every vote counts. One vote made all the difference in Fermanagh/South Tyrone and stopped a Tory/UUP candidate being elected.
“Your vote is important and is the most potent method of registering your disapproval. So make it count – make sure you are able to cast your vote on May 7th.” CRÍOCH/END