European and Local Elections Called for Friday 5 June 2009
Mr. John Gormley T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, yesterday (5 February 2009) announced that European and Local Elections will be held on Friday 5 June 2009. Polling hours will be from 7.00 am to 10.00 pm.
Announcing the date, Minister Gormley encouraged people to register to vote. The Minister reminded people who are eligible to vote, but are not yet registered, to do so at the earliest opportunity.
The final Register of Electors for 2009/2010 was published on 1 February and comes into force on 15 February 2009 and expires on 14 February 2010.
The addition of names to the Register, which are received too late to be processed in the ordinary way are accepted for inclusion in the supplement. These applications must be made on the RFA2 (used for new additions to the Supplement) and RFA3 (used for inclusion on the Supplement due to a change of address) forms.
To be included in the supplement and able to vote at the elections, a person must be 18 years of age or over, be ordinarily resident at the address at which they wish to be registered and not already registered as an elector at any other address. Application for entry in the supplement should be made to the County Council so as to be received by the Council not later than Monday 18th May 2009.
Residents of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, can obtain forms from the Register of Electors Section on (01) 205 4880, in Post Offices, Libraries, Garda Stations or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively they can be downloaded from the Council’s Website – www.dlrcoco.ie.
Forms must be witnessed by a member of the Garda Siochána or, if the person cannot attend their local Garda Station, by an official of their County Council provided they state the reason why they were unable to attend a Garda station. If, because of a physical illness or physical disability, a person cannot attend either their local Garda Station or County Council, their application form must be accompanied by a medical certificate.
Every person aged 18 years or over is entitled to be registered as a local government elector for the electoral area where they ordinarily reside: citizenship is not a requirement for voting at a local election. Every person who is a citizen of Ireland or is ordinarily resident in the State and has reached the age of 18 years and is not subject to disqualification is eligible for election to a local authority.
Every Irish and other EU citizen living in Ireland aged 18 years or over on the register of electors is entitled to vote at the European election. Irish citizens, and other EU citizens living in Ireland, and not subject to any disqualification can stand for election in any European constituency in the State. Candidates for the European election must be 21 years of age or over.