Poll station protest 'intimidated voters'

Published Friday, 23 May 2014
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Sinn Féin is calling for an investigation into a loyalist flag protest outside a polling centre at Moygashel in Co Tyrone.

Poll station protest 'intimidated voters'
Police said officers kept an eye on the protest. (© Pacemaker)

Michelle Gildernew from the party said it caused some voters to feel intimidated and resulted in nationalist canvassers having to leave the area.

A police spokesperson said a small group of protestors gathered outside the station on Thursday evening and dispersed after about an hour. Officers monitored the situation.

Ms Gildernew MP has called for an investigation into what happened.

She said: "Many people are angry that the PSNI allowed this protest to stay outside a polling station for so long on election day.

"The loyalist flag protest and bully boy tactics outside Moygashel polling station were a clear attempt to influence the democratic process. Sinn Féin has already contacted the Electoral Commission and is calling for an investigation into these events."

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13 Comments
Michael in Templepatrick wrote (67 days ago):
Flegs flegs flegs our fleg so it is.... Get over it fs!
John in Newtownabbey wrote (67 days ago):
Sure weren't the PSNI wonderful yet again? Didn't they "monitor" this like they did all the other protests? Laughable comment from the new RUC.
Patrick in Belfast wrote (68 days ago):
letters outside telling you who to vote for is as intimidating as people with flags, after the scenes on our TV's beamed across the world? Catch yourself on! I also think canvassers should be to one side and shouldn't be allowed to approach anyone. they can be approached but must not influence by blocking the entrance
Paul in Liverpool wrote (68 days ago):
Disgusting. Desperate people need to get a job. No shame.
Dee in Newtownabbey wrote (68 days ago):
Can anyone on here of a loyalist/unionist persuasion explain to me the mindset that spawns a flag protest outside a polling station on Election Day?
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