07 May 2005

IOL

McGuinness victory confirmed
06/05/2005 - 22:08:35



Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness was the last Northern Ireland MP to be installed tonight (Thursday) after two boxes of votes went missing from Derry town centre.

Assistant Chief Electoral Officer June Butler described the taking away of the boxes by a driver before they were counted as “a simple error”.

However, the votes were recovered on an official lorry after a frantic search as the already painstaking count was able to conclude.

Mr McGuinness brushed off the incident and managed to increase his majority to almost 11,000 in the constituency he has held since 1997.

“These elections will be over in the blink of an eye, and there will be a mighty responsibility on all political leaders of all descriptions to play their part in building a better future for our people and particularly for our children, who deserve better," he said.

“What better way can we do that than by restoring the power-sharing institutions?”

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