Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Questions (873)

Seán Crowe

Question:

989 Mr. Crowe asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that postal vote only elections are being tested in Britain in recent local elections; if his attention has further been drawn to the fact that these elections are recording increased turnout of as much as 25%; and if he has examined the possibility of testing such a method here. [1924/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government)

I am aware of the pilot schemes that have taken place in the UK including the use of postal voting. Regard will be had to developments there and elsewhere as part of the process of maintaining and improving an efficient and secure electoral system in this country.