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Council election funding request turned down

A REQUEST for extra funding to hold the upcoming council elections has been turned down.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has been given £3,932 to fund the deputy returning officer and £244,086 as maximum expenses for administration and staffing – the lowest out of the 11 councils in the North.

The Council had concerns regarding the maximum spending for administration and staffing.

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The local authority had written to the Northern Ireland Office requesting more funding, but the request was denied.

Robert Gibson, who is the council’s director of community, health and leisure said, “Mid Ulster, a neighbouring council, which isn’t very much different from Fermanagh and Omagh has a 19 per-cent higher allocation of funding to carry out the work which the council has to carry out here.”

He added, “This council has seven DEAs (district electoral areas) and traditionally one of the highest turnouts in the province and we have the same expenses or more than other similar councils, regardless of the electorate numbers – you still have to carry out a count and all of the organisation around the count.

“We have brought it to their attention and it has not received a positive response.”

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