Alliance North Antrim representative Patricia O’Lynn has called on the people of the constituency to make their voices heard after the recall petition against Ian Paisley was opened.
Three locations across North Antrim will be available from August 8 until September 19, following the suspension of Ian Paisley as an MP for 30 sitting days. A by-election will be triggered if 10 per cent of the eligible electorate in North Antrim – around 7,500 people – sign the petition.
“There is no denying the current MP for North Antrim let down both himself and his constituents with his behaviour, which resulted in the suspension and subsequent recall petition,” said Ms O’Lynn.
“Alliance is therefore registering as an official campaigner during this process and calling for the people of North Antrim to sign this petition and show the DUP there are serious questions over the trust they can give them.
“It is disappointing only three venues will be available and during working hours. However, constituents will be able to apply for the postal option and I encourage them to do so.
“If we are to regain the trust of the wider public in politics, there must be full openness and transparency from all and an end to the ongoing corruption which has been alleged lately. The people of North Antrim want clean politics and I am confident they will sign this petition to ensure just that.”
The three venues, which will be open 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday between August 8 and September 19 are –
Joey Dunlop Leisure Centre, Ballymoney
Seven Towers Leisure Centre, Ballymena
Sheskburn House Recreation Centre, Ballycastle
Only voters registered in North Antrim are eligible. People can also apply to sign by post or proxy, with application forms at eoni.org.uk. Dedicated helplines are available at 02890 446 600 and 02890 446 668.