67, 68, 69 and 70. I propose we omit these four rules and proceed to formulate rules which will be more simple and will be better understood by the members of the Seanad. According to these rules, where it is necessary to have a 3/5ths majority at the end of a poll, it may happen that several times we might not be able to elect a Senator at all. I do not see why an ordinary majority of the Senators would not do. It is necessary, by the rules, to have a 3/5ths majority to ensure that an election will be valid. Now, it might happen that after several polls no candidate will be able to secure that majority, so that the election will be abortive and have to be gone over again. I think it will be quite sufficient for a candidate to secure a majority of the votes of the Senators, and that should be sufficient to secure his election. I sent in draft alternative rules for filling a vacancy, which were circulated. The amendment I propose is: "To omit Rules 67, 68, 69, and 70, and substitute:—
‘Upon the appointed day the Seanad shall proceed to elect by ballot a Senator to fill the vacancy, and if there are more than two candidates proposed, the name of the candidate who receives the smallest number of votes as a result of the first ballot shall be eliminated, and further ballots between the remaining candidates shall be taken, always after each ballot striking off the name of the candidate having the smallest number of votes, till the number of candidates be reduced to two, when a final vote by ballot shall be taken, and the candidate who received the majority of the votes shall be declared elected.'
‘If two or more candidates having the smallest number of votes as the result of any ballot have obtained an equal number of votes, the Cathaoirleach shall decide which of them shall have his name eliminated."'