Belfast Telegraph

County Tyrone polling station switch backed by Electoral Commission

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, Co Tyrone, was not used for the general election after concerns were raised about a loyalist demonstration outside it during the May 2014 European and council 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".

One of the alternative venues used in May's poll was Dungannon leisure centre.

The commission said Mr Shields should carry out a number of measures to improve accessibility at the centre.

Mr Shields welcomed the assessment of the commission and said the measures would be implemented for next year's Assembly election.

"I welcome the Electoral Commission's decision in relation to this matter," he said.

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