General Election Preview with the DUP

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Ahead of Thursday’s General Election, the Democratic Unionist Party has urged the public ‘to use their franchise and vote.’

The people of Northern Ireland are still pondering who is the best person to lead the country forward and restore a sense of routine, ahead of Thursday’s vote.

Politicians have made no bones about the amount of effort they put into their campaigns coming up to elections. East Londonderry DUP MLA Maurice Bradley has been heavily involved in the election campaign, for fellow DUP party member, Gregory Campbell.

Bradley said, “There is a lot of organising behind the scenes for an election and a lot of preparation. Over 22,000 leaflets had to be canvased around the doorsteps. Therefore, it has been a busy time for the DUP in the local area.

The East Londonderry MLA continued, “It has been a busy time for the local DUP office in Coleraine ahead of Thursday’s election.

“Once the announcement came about that another election was happening, literature had to be printed and a canvas organised. Prior to the announcement, we had been working hard and organising Voter Registration events, which had been set up in local areas such as Macosquin, Coleraine Town, Ballysally, Garvagh and Millburn.”

The DUP have constantly been reiterating the point to encourage as many people to vote as possible and Bradley thinks that this is, ‘a necessary approach.’

He said, “As a party, our reason for running our registration campaign was to ensure that we got as many people on the register as possible in order to maintain their a voice in Northern Ireland. In this game, we all know that bad politicians find a way in because good people, who do not vote, elect bad politicians.”

It has been well documented over the last number of months the unrest which is currently being experienced within the Northern Ireland executive, with the Renewable Heating Initiative scandal being viewed as the final straw, by some of the political parties, who call for a change.

East Londonderry DUP MLA, Maurice Bradley, has said that the outcome of the RHI scandal may not have been the sole reason for the start of the unrest in government. ‘People recognise that RHI was not what collapsed the government, rather the excuse used to collapse the government.’

Bradley suggested that the media have questions to answer following the collapse of the Stormont executive, indicating that they are ‘partly to blame,’ for the recent events.

The local politician said, “The techniques of media personnel have been inappropriate. Many journalists badger DUP representatives, barely giving them time to answer any questions, whilst allowing time and space for other panel members to provide answers without being. The public have caught this technique on and it has backfired on the media.”

One of the main underlying issues is the thinking that the General Election may not resolve any issues here in Northern Ireland. The electorate have an overall feeling of anxiety ahead of Thursday’s election. One voter has said that the current state of affairs is the, ‘worst state of affairs in years.’

Lindsay O’Neill, a local business owner said, “I just hope that we can get back on our feet after the election results come out. Over the past few months, we have been thrown from pillar to post and we don’t really know what is going on, we don’t have any answers. RHI and Brexit are massive factors talked about all the time, but I would like to see this left behind and begin to move forward and worry about sorting our own matters out.”

The ideology of Direct Rule is something that has been rumoured since the collapse of the Stormont Executive and Bradley reiterated this point. He said. “It remains to be seen. Certainly if there is no agreement, we are looking at a period of Direct Rule in some form or another.”

Therefore, with Thursday’s General Election rapidly approaching it is crunch-time for Politicians on a local and national level. Voters can place their vote from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, with election counts set to continue all through the night. At this stage, there is no set time for results to come through. It is merely a case of waiting and whatever will be, will be.

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