Decision due on Moygashel school polling station ban

The consultation on Howard Primary School in Moygashel is due to end on Thursday
The consultation on Howard Primary School in Moygashel is due to end on Thursday

A decision on the future of a Co Tyrone primary school as a suitable polling station is expected to be announced this week.

Howard Primary in Moygashel was removed from the list of voting locations by the chief electoral officer after complaints were made about the presence of loyalist protestors during the European and council elections last year.

Lord Morrow of the DUP and Ulster Unionist Tom Elliott – both Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLAs – lodged appeals against the decision, claiming there was no proper community consultation.

The closure decision was put on hold pending the outcome of a consultation period due to end this Thursday.

On Sunday, Lord Morrow said: “The chief electoral officer can be left in no doubt the community have risen to the challenge and utterly refute the grounds on which his decision was made in the first place.

“I wholeheartedly commend the Moygashel and Coolhill residents on their wide-scale responses to the consultation and the ongoing fight to ensure what is theirs by democratic right.”