Moygashel polling station drive attracts 640 letters of objection

Arlene Foster
Arlene Foster

Over 600 letters demanding the Electoral Office reverse its decision to close Howard Primary School in Moygashel as a polling station, have been delivered to the organisation by DUP Assembly Members, Maurice Morrow and Arlene Foster.

Lord Morrow claimed the decision had been taken without “adequate consultation” and said his campaign would be “ramped up” with representations to the overall electoral body in London.

The Fermanagh-South Tyrone MLA, speaking about a conversation he had with the Chief Electoral Officer following the decision to close the Moygashel polling venue, explained: “During discussions with me following his announcement, he did not once indicate the process available to have his decision reviewed. Instead he was adamant he had the power to make the decision, was standing by it and would not be persuaded otherwise. I regard this non-disclosure as a breach of procedure.

“It was only following correspondence from Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council that it became apparent there was a mechanism for requesting a review. This was never disclosed to me or anyone else involved in the campaign against the closure, prior to the response to the council.

“That response indicated a quantity of letters against the decision, if presented to the Electoral Office, could trigger a review. They required 30 – we gave them 640 and that’s just the first batch.”