Greencastle incident a clear attempt to wreck democracy

03 May 2018

DUP Leader Rt Hon Arlene Foster MLA and West Tyrone Westminster candidate Thomas Buchanan have condemned the actions of a gunman at Greencastle polling station today.

Thomas Buchanan MLA

Thomas Buchanan

DUP leader Arlene Foster said, “It really is quite disgraceful that attempts to destroy democracy were on display today. It would have been a worrying situation for those at the polling station and the local people who were exercising their right to vote.

 

This comes on the backdrop of events in Strabane where polling agents are using electronic devices and have been removed from a polling station. Democracy must be upheld. Today is a clear example of why reform is needed in our electoral system, so we can ensure a fair and democratic process.

 

Whether you are a unionist, nationalist or a republican – everyone should be afforded the right to vote. Everyone should be able to free go to a polling station and cast their vote, to choose who should represent them. It offends my sense of democracy when I hear that people from a minority community feel threatened when they go to cast their vote.”

 

West Tyrone candidate Thomas Buchanan said, “Praise must be given to the staff in Greencastle polling station that had to deal with this very alarming incident. I am glad to hear that the Police have now apprehended the individual involved.

 

It should not and will not deter the people from West Tyrone coming out to vote. Your vote matters. Your vote is vitally important to ensure representation at Westminster.

 

Both the incident at Greencastle and Strabane polling stations must be fully investigated by the Electoral Office and the PSNI.”

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