Recall petition signing papers

G Webber made this Freedom of Information request to Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland

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The request was refused by Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland.

Dear Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland,

Please provide me with an electronic PDF copy of the proof for the signing papers (both sides) used in the recent recall petition.

Yours faithfully,
G Webber

info, Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland

Thank you for your email. A response will be issued as soon as possible.
If your enquiry is urgent please contact your local Area Electoral Office
(contact numbers below).

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|Area Electoral Office |Constituencies |Contact number |
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| |Mid Ulster | |
|Ballymena Office | |028 9044 6600 |
| |North Antrim | |
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| |Lagan Valley | |
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| |Newry & Armagh | |
|Banbridge Office | |028 9044 6610 |
| |South Down | |
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| |Upper Bann | |
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| |Belfast South | |
|Belfast Office | |028 9044 6680 |
| |Belfast West | |
|--------------------------+----------------------------+----------------|
| |East Londonderry | |
|Derry/Londonderry Office | |028 9044 6620 |
| |Foyle | |
|--------------------------+----------------------------+----------------|
| |Belfast North | |
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|Newtownabbey Office |East Antrim |028 9044 6630 |
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| |South Antrim | |
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| |Belfast East | |
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|Newtownards Office |North Down |028 9044 6640 |
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| |Strangford | |
|--------------------------+----------------------------+----------------|
| |Fermanagh & South Tyrone | |
|Omagh Office | |028 9044 6650 |
| |West Tyrone | |
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info, Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland

Thank you for your information request. Your request was received today and is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. A reply will be issued to you within 20 working days.
 
In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we will notify you before proceeding with your request.
 
If you have any queries please contact me.
 
Regards,

Electoral Office for NI
Tel: 028 9044 6666
Email: [Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland request email]
Web: www.eoni.org.uk
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McGrattan, Claire, Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland

Dear G Webber,

I refer to your information request dated 29 September 2018.

The layout and format of the front and back of the signing sheet are detailed in the Recall of MPs Act 2015 (Recall Petition) Regulations 2016 which can be accessed online via this link http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/...

We are unable to provide a copy of the actual proofs as they include the official mark which must be kept secret under Regulation 12: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/...

If you are dissatisfied with this response you can ask for your request to be reviewed by the Chief Electoral Officer:

Chief Electoral Officer
3rd Floor St Anne’s House
15 Church Street
Belfast BT1 1ER
Email: [email address]

If you are dissatisfied with the Chief Electoral Officer’s response you may appeal directly to the Information Commissioner whose contact details are as follows:

The Information Commissioner’s Office – Northern Ireland
3rd Floor
14 Cromac Place
Belfast BT7 2JB
Telephone: 028 9027 8757 / 0303 123 1114
Email: [email address]

Regards,

Electoral Office for NI
Tel: 028 9044 6666
Email: [Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland request email]
Web: www.eoni.org.uk
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Dear McGrattan, Claire,

Please can you conduct an internal review. If refusing an FOI request you need to cite a specific exemption under the FOIA, which you haven’t done.

Additionally, you have misinterpreted the requirement that the official mark be kept “secret”. It clearly does not mean that now, after the end of the recall process, it can never be divulged: it has already been divulged to all those who signed the petition, and to those agents, observers etc who had access to the count. The rule in question plainly means that the official mark must be kept secret up to the point at which the petition opens for signing.

Yours sincerely,

G Webber

info, Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland

Dear G Webber,

Your information request has been forwarded to the Chief Electoral Officer for informal review as requested. A response will be issued within 20 working days.

Regards,

Electoral Office for NI
Tel: 028 9044 6666
Email: [Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland request email]
Web: www.eoni.org.uk
EONI Twitter

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McGrattan, Claire, Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland

Dear G Webber,

Following your request for review I can confirm that the FOIA exemption applied to your request is Section 44(1)(a) (Prohibitions on Disclosure) as disclosure of the official mark is prohibited by Regulation 12(2) of the Recall of MPs Act 2015 (Recall Petition) Regulations 2016 http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2016/....

There is no further assistance that we can provide on this matter and I would remind you of the services of the Information Commissioner should you wish to avail of those.

Yours sincerely

Virginia McVea
Chief Electoral Officer

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