Green Councillor John Barry to support electoral office strike

Holywood Green Party Councillor John Barry will be supporting striking staff from the Newtownards electoral office staff on Friday 3 June.

Councillor John Barry said,

“It is disappointing and short sighted that the electoral office is planning to centralise many of its services in Belfast and close six regional offices.

“Voting is a democratic right and the process to participate should be as straightforward as possible. By closing local offices, including the one in Newtownards, constituents will potentially face barriers to voting.

“It is not good enough to simply say that people can access information online. This assumes that everyone has the resources and ability to do so.

“I would like to take this opportunity to commend the electoral office staff for the work they undertook in the run up to the recent Assembly election. They are an essential part of our election process.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Councillor John Barry will join striking staff at the Newtownards electoral office tomorrow, Friday 3 June

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