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Voting slow in Strabane

Polling gets underway in Strabane. DR52

IF this morning’s voting in Strabane is anything to go by, turn-out for today’s Westminster by-election will be significantly down on last year.

Polling stations opened at 7am this morning (Thursday) but even five hours later at 12 noon, only a fraction of those who had cast the votes in last June’s General Election had turned out to exercise their democratic right.

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At St Mary’s Primary School on the Melmount Road in Strabane, 142 people out of a total electorate of 1,334 had voted. At last year’s General Election and for the same time-scale, some 489 locals had voted.

Round at the St Catherine’s Primary School on Barrack Street, 186 people had voted out of an electorate of 1,791. Last year that figure stood at 248.

And down the Derry Road at Strabane Controlled Primary School some 198 people had voted by noon out of a total of 1,710 eligibles.
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