At the July meeting of Greystones Town Council unanimous approval was given to a motion proposed by Fine Gael Councillor James O’Sullivan. The motion sought that the polling day for the 2014 Local Elections take place on a Friday or Saturday to ensure that everyone has the greatest possible chance to vote.
The 2014 local elections will be held in all the counties, cities and towns of Ireland on the same day as the European Parliament elections. The European Union has stipulated that elections to the European Parliament must be held in all member states between 22 and 25 May 2014. It is then left to member states to decide on which day to hold polling.
Speaking on the matter Councillor O’Sullivan said, “It is vitally important that everyone has the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to vote. In recent elections we have seen very low levels of turn out. A weekend polling day would allow people who may be away from home during the week, such as students, to exercise their democratic right to vote.”
“Every citizen of Ireland ordinarily resident in the State, who is aged 18 years or over on polling day, and whose name is entered on the register of electors is entitled to vote. Our Country, County, and community face many challenges and opportunities in the years ahead. The fact is that decisions are made by those who show up. It is very important that everyone makes sure their voice is heard and a weekend polling day will provide that opportunity”.
“I would like to thank my colleagues on Greystones Town Council for supporting this motion. The Council will now write to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government requesting that the polling day for 2014 Local and European Elections take place on a Friday or Saturday,” concluded Councillor O’Sullivan.