[Sinn Fein]

1st May 2003

Denial of democracy an absolute disgrace - Ferris

The  Sinn Fein TD for Kerry North, Martin Ferris has strongly criticised the decision to postpone the elections to the Assembly in the Six Counties.

Deputy Ferris said;

``The decision to deny people in the Six Counties the opportunity to vote in the elections that were planned for this month is an absolute disgrace. It is proof that not only does the Ulster Unionist Party have an absolute veto on progress, but that the attitude of the British authorities to this country has not changed since the heyday of colonialism. They still think they know better than the natives. And  unfortunately they can still find enough native `chiefs' to make excuses for them and to do their bidding.

``In no other democratic state would it be acceptable to defer planned elections just  because one of the parties thought that they were going to do badly. And yet this is exactly what the British Government has done, and at the very time when they have the gall and the hypocrisy to wage terror on other peoples in the name of democracy.''

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