I know it doesn’t look like me, but..

There are reports that a number of electoral ID cards have been issued with the wrong photographs. Apparently all came from applications sent in after “a well-intentioned community group held a session in west Belfast’s Park Centre using a digital camera.” *shakes head* According to the report, out of 400 applications just under 300 were approved and it’s unknown how many cards were issued with the wrong photographs. Anyone affected who doesn’t have an alternative ID, and that would presumably be most if not all, will not be able to vote. Adds Thanks to one of our eagle-eyed commenters, we can identify that “well-intentioned community group”

Almost 500 people signed up for electoral identity cards after a successful campaign organised by the Falls Community Council (FCC).FCC have just completed the major drive aimed at ensuring those people on the register are able to vote at the forthcoming Assembly elections on March 7. They organised a series of ID clinics which were sponsored by their partners in the community sector. Steven Corr of the FCC said they were delighted by the community’s response to the initiative. “We were amazed by the numbers of people in West Belfast who had no valid form of photographic ID,” he said. “An astounding 472 individuals came along to the clinics, completed the form and had their photograph taken.

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  • gerry

    ha ha, I got a card thru the door to let me know this session was on, there was more than one session. they had these all over the place, but there was more than one session in the park centre too AFAIK. So this is SFs gaff, therefore they can hardly complain about it. They’re well seasoned at this, so they can hardly howl about it, but they will.

  • Yokel

    This issue could turn nasty.

  • gerry

    This ID stuff is a matter for the individual. SF party got involved, if they did it to me, I’d be blaming and looking for compo off SF, they promised and didn’t deliver.

  • Perpetua

    Election fraud is nothing new is it?

    Mistakes happen, but West Belfast? I wonder.

  • ID clinics are voted big success

    Andersonstown News

    26/02/2007

    Almost 500 people signed up for electoral identity cards after a successful campaign organised by the Falls Community Council (FCC).
    FCC have just completed the major drive aimed at ensuring those people on the register are able to vote at the forthcoming Assembly elections on March 7.
    They organised a series of ID clinics which were sponsored by their partners in the community sector.
    Steven Corr of the FCC said they were delighted by the community’s response to the initiative.
    “We were amazed by the numbers of people in West Belfast who had no valid form of photographic ID,” he said.
    “An astounding 472 individuals came along to the clinics, completed the form and had their photograph taken. All these people would have been denied their right to vote.
    “The initiative involved a lot of hard work, including leafleting large areas of West Belfast with details of the clinics and we are happy to say that all this endeavour has paid excellent dividends.”
    The clinics were sponsored by the FCC, the Frank Gillen Centre, the Upper Springfield Development Trust, the Upper Andersonstown Community Forum and Sally Gardens community centre.
    “We would like to thank these organisations for their support in this important initiative,” added Steven.

  • Augustine

    So let me get this right. A community group sets up up an electoral clinic and starts issuing ID cards for voting purposes. How convenient. Must try that in my own area. Just make sure you get the photo and name to match I presume. Does anyone monitor any of this?

  • Pete Baker

    Augustine

    Not quite.

    They were not issuing cards. Just helping people fill in the application forms.

    472 people apparently… although over 172 of those applications appear to have been rejected for some reason.