Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Questions (331)

Brendan Griffin

Question:

331. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will reform the voter registration process to facilitate online registration and the creation of an electoral commission; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28321/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

In law, the preparation of the Register of Electors is a matter for each local registration authority. It is their duty to ensure, as far as possible and with the cooperation of the public, the accuracy and comprehensiveness of the register. There are no plans for the introduction of online registration to replace the existing arrangements. The Government is committed to the establishment of an Electoral Commission to subsume some of the functions of existing bodies and my Department, including provisions in respect of the electoral register. Matters associated with the registration process, including recommendations for change to the legislative provisions or to the arrangements for voter registration, would be appropriate for consideration by the Electoral Commission.