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Moving of Moygashel poll station is upheld

By David Young, PA

Published 01/10/2015

Challenged: Graham Shields
Challenged: Graham Shields

The Electoral Commission has backed the decision-making process that saw a polling station moved from a Co Tyrone primary school amid concerns about loyalist protests.

Howard Primary School in Moygashel was not used for the general election after concerns were raised about a loyalist demonstration outside it during the May 2014 elections.

Two unionist politicians challenged chief electoral officer Graham Shields' decision to switch venues. The Electoral Commission examined the appeals and found that Mr Shields' review was "conducted so as to meet electors' reasonable requirements".

Mr Shields said: "I welcome the commission's decision."

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