Widen criteria for electoral register additions, says Cavanagh

Designated people in towns and villages should be able to validate forms for additions to the Register of Electors to assist local people in registering, according to Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh (FG).

Designated people in towns and villages should be able to validate forms for additions to the Register of Electors to assist local people in registering, according to Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh (FG).

At this month’s meeting, she introduced a notice of motion seeking “that the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government be requested to amend the rules for additions to the Register of Electors. That he be requested to allow peace commissioners, public representatives, clergy men and women and school principals to witness the signatures of new applicants. That he also be requested to provide funding for a comprehensive updating of the Register of Electors before the next local elections.”

At present it is impractical for many people to have the forms signed by a garda, as numbers and hours of local garda stations are more restricted, she said.