Electoral Office facing major cuts: Lord Empey

Lord Empey has warned of office closures and staff cuts
Lord Empey has warned of office closures and staff cuts

The Electoral Office in Northern Ireland is facing major cuts which could affect public confidence in the electoral system, UUP peer Lord Empey has said.

He was speaking in the wake of answers to a number of Parliamentary questions .

“I believe that some local electoral offices face closure and a reduction in staffing is on the cards,” he said.

This year will usher in uncertainty for staff and trade unions have already been consulted, he added.

He was also concerned that local councils will be asked to conduct counts at key elections, placing “a huge burden” on local government officials.

The changes could impact access to electoral identity cards, postal and proxy votes and work against attempts to increase the number of voters on the register, he added.