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Democratic Unionist Party Chairman Lord Morrow makes the following statement regarding the process for electing the Leader of the Party.

“Following a meeting of the Party Officers in Belfast today the following decisions were taken.

The Party Officers have set the date of Saturday 26th June as the date for a meeting to elect a new leader.

In accordance with the constitution and rules of the Democratic Unionist Party only party members, who are also members of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the House of Commons are entitled to vote for the Leader or Deputy Leader.

Details have been sent to all eligible voters.

Nomination of Candidates

The notification process is now open and those wishing to be a candidate in the election process to fill the office of leader must submit in writing their nomination, supported by a proposer and seconder from those eligible to vote to the Party Chairman by 12 noon on Tuesday 22nd June 2021

Ratification

Following the completion of the above process the election of the Leader shall be put to the next meeting of the Central Executive Committee for ratification as set out in rules.

The Party Officers will make arrangements for a full meeting of the Central Executive Committee to ratify and thereby complete the election process as quickly as possible thereafter and in line with the notification arrangements set out in the rules.”