47.4% drop in postal/proxy votes issued

The BBC report notes the headline figure but, below the fold, the breakdown by constituency shows massive variations in the reduction in postal and proxy votes issued this year compared to 2005. As the Electoral Office Northern Ireland statement says [pdf file]

Almost 1.17 million people will be able to vote at the general election the Electoral Office has announced.
Figures published today by the Office also show that the number of people applying for a postal or proxy vote has halved largely because of stringent measures put in place to detect fraudulent applications.

 From the NI Electoral Office [pdf file]

POSTAL & PROXY VOTES ISSUED 2005 & 2010
Postal & Proxy Votes Issued 2005Postal & Proxy Votes Issued 2010 

Change 

% +/- 

BELFAST EAST 

655 

642 

-13 

-2.0 

BELFAST NORTH 

755 

577 

-178 

-23.6 

BELFAST SOUTH 

794 

540 

-254 

-32.0 

BELFAST WEST 

1059 

608 

-451 

-42.6 

EAST ANTRIM 

711 

410 

-301 

-42.3 

EAST LONDONDERRY 

1840 

990 

-850 

-46.2 

FERMANAGH AND SOUTH TYRONE 

5611 

3135 

-2476 

-44.1 

FOYLE 

3069 

946 

-2123 

-69.2 

LAGAN VALLEY 

1205 

838 

-367 

-30.5 

MID ULSTER 

3636 

1873 

-1763 

-48.5 

NEWRY AND ARMAGH 

2652 

1021 

-1631 

-61.5 

NORTH ANTRIM 

1714 

795 

-919 

-53.6 

NORTH DOWN 

818 

557 

-261 

-31.9 

SOUTH ANTRIM 

825 

475 

-350 

-42.4 

SOUTH DOWN 

2543 

1322 

-1221 

-48.0 

STRANGFORD 

964 

675 

-289 

-30.0 

UPPER BANN 

1317 

885 

-432 

-32.8 

WEST TYRONE 

4209 

1782 

-2427 

-57.7 

TOTAL 

34377 

18071 

-16306 

-47.4