Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Ceisteanna (764)

Jan O'Sullivan

Ceist:

764. Deputy Jan O'Sullivan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to amend the law to prevent candidates from contesting local authority elections in more than one electoral area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26694/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

A person can be nominated to stand for election in more than one local electoral area. Article 14(3) of the Local Elections Regulations 1995 provides that a separate nomination paper is required for each local electoral area for which a candidate is nominated at a local election.

Article 124 of the 1995 Regulations, as amended, provides that where a person is elected as a member of the same local authority for two or more local electoral areas, the person shall , within the three day period after the return is made of persons elected to be members of the local authority, declare in writing which one of those areas the person chooses to represent. If the declaration is not delivered within this period, the person shall be deemed to have chosen to represent the local electoral area in respect of which they received the greatest number of first preference votes.

While electoral law is kept under review, I have no plans at present to amend these provisions.