Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (185)

Enda Kenny

Question:

185 Mr. Kenny asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the measures that have to be taken to inform non-nationals of their voting entitlements in the upcoming local and European elections; if measures to encourage voter registration among this group have been taken; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6468/04]

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

The form used by registration authorities to compile the 2004-2005 register of electors contains information for non-nationals in regard to their eligibility to vote and to stand at the 2004 European and local elections. In accordance with EU Directive 93/109, EU citizens, apart from Irish or UK citizens, who are resident in Ireland, other than those who were registered at the 1994 or 1999 European elections, must complete an application form and declaration in order to be registered as European electors. It is understood that registration authorities are contacting such potential European electors as are known to them to ensure they are aware of these additional requirements. In addition, advertising will also be undertaken in 2004 to alert nationals of EU applicant member states of their eligibility to take part in the 2004 polls, as well as all non-nationals who may be entitled to be registered for local elections.