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Elections: Proof of Identity

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of people turned away from polling stations in each constituency in Northern Ireland on 7 March for not having the correct identification. (127131)

The following table provides a breakdown by constituency of how many people were turned away from the polling station for not producing the correct photographic identification at the Assembly elections held on 7 March. It also provides a further breakdown of the types of invalid identification which were produced.

The total number of people turned away at polling stations for having the incorrect identification was 4,161 out of a total of 700,699 who turned up to vote (0.6 per cent.). It is not known whether these people returned with the correct identification. This compares with the 3,493 out of 702,249 people turned away for the same reason for the 2003 Assembly election.

Constituency

No documents

Out of date Driving Licence

Out of date Passport

Out of date Smart Pass

Works pass

Allowance book

Medical card

Student I.D

Foreign I.D

Other1

Totals

Belfast West

25

47

84

20

24

7

10

29

22

268

Belfast East

31

43

35

16

6

1

5

2

3

13

155

Belfast North

42

33

48

17

8

6

10

2

30

196

Belfast South

33

49

33

12

9

3

3

7

29

178

Strangford

25

57

30

7

5

1

3

28

156

North Down

23

35

16

2

1

1

4

1

27

110

North Antrim

42

103

38

11

5

8

2

1

50

260

Mid Ulster

21

143

28

8

12

1

4

11

4

63

295

Upper Bann

23

87

53

22

10

3

9

5

11

48

271

Newry and Armagh

54

162

82

24

9

1

9

4

6

62

413

Lagan Valley

29

70

33

21

9

3

7

6

23

201

South Down

53

128

34

12

13

1

8

2

22

273

Foyle

25

82

64

16

14

3

4

1

25

234

East Londonderry

26

61

30

21

13

1

4

2

39

197

West Tyrone

31

52

48

30

11

7

7

2

39

227

Fermanagh and S. Tyrone

40

185

49

16

9

1

8

8

16

55

387

East Antrim

21

52

17

18

6

2

5

2

31

154

South Antrim

30

67

28

20

8

1

3

1

3

25

186

Totals

574

1456

750

293

172

18

97

106

64

631

4161

1 Includes store cards, photocopied documents, HMCR documents etc.