AN elderly man was refused a vote in North Kilkenny because he didn’t actually get into the polling station although he was just yards away from it. Cllr Mary Hilda Cavanagh (FG) has highlighted the case of the man in his 70s because of the manner in which the rules governing the voting arrangements at polling centres are implemented. She explained that the man had become ill in the last few weeks and was unable to avail of the postal vote. “His son drove him to the polling station and pulled up a few yards outside and the polling station officer could easily have handed the voted out the window to him and given him the right to vote,” Cllr Cavanagh said. He was refused the vote in line with the regulations. She said that she and the man’s son pleaded for leniency but were told it could not be done even though he has voted at every election since he was 18 years of age. A call was made to Kilkenny city headquarters where the decision to refuse him the vote was upheld and legitimately. Cllr Cavanagh’s point is that there have been many instances over the last numr of years of regulations not being followed like in the banks and other institutions.
There is marked difference in the way this man was treated and the rogue bankers and while I know the person was right to refuse them the vote their could have been little bit of mercy shown.,” she said. The man did not get to vote in what will probably be his last general election.