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Unionists launch election challenge

RODNEY Connor yesterday entered Belfast's High Court for the first round of a legal battle which could yet see the Fermanagh and South Tyrone election result overturned.

Flanked by Ulster Unionist Assemblyman Tom Elliott, the DUP's Arlene Foster and Lord Morrow, the former boxer, who ran as a unionist unity candidate, lodged an election petition which alleged a series of discrepancies during the count on May 6 and 7.

Sinn Fein's Michelle Gildernew was eventually deemed elected by just four votes amid a dispute about differences in the number of ballot papers recorded at polling stations and discovered at the count centre.

VERIFICATION PROCESS 'KEY TO CASE'

It is understood that both the DUP and UUP, as well as some individuals, are contributing to the legal costs – potentially tens of thousands of pounds – of the challenge.

Last night Mr Connor said: "The election petition will allow the opportunity for the court to determine what the people of Fermanagh and South Tyrone decided on May 6."

 
 
 

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