Response to query from Radio Kerry on Register of Electors

Released: 10 January 2007

Earlier in 2006, the Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government requested that all local authorities place greater emphasis on ensuring the accuracy of the Register of Electors for 2007/2008. Guidelines for preparing the Register were issued by the Minister’s department. These provided for all Enumerators calling to all houses in the County and if they were unable to establish if an elector was resident in the area, deletion notices were left at the property for the occupier to complete and return to the Council.

The comprehensiveness of the register is dependent on (a) ensuring that people entitled to a vote and resident in the County are included and (b) removing the names of persons on the previous Register, who are no longer entitled to be on the list because they are no longer resident ion the County or are deceased etc.

All Oireachtas members and elected members for the 4 local authorities in the County were informed of the procedures and given an opportunity to submit any information they may have, to allow the Council prepare an accurate Register. All information received was then assessed by the Council Enumerators in preparing the Register.

The Draft Register was published on the 1st November 2006 and put on public display. Under the Electoral Act, 1992, a period of 25 days is allowed for persons to make claims to have names added or removed to the Register. Under Section 11 of the Electoral (Amendment) Bill 2006 this period was extended to the 9th December. The Council was then required to publish the list of claims by the 12th December.

Having regard to the guidelines issued by the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government, details of all names added and deleted on the Draft Register were given to all Oireachtas members and elected members for the 4 local authorities in the County, again to allow them an opportunity to submit any information they may have, to allow the Council prepare an accurate Register. Claims for amendments or corrections were received from a number of Oireachtas members and elected representatives.

The Electoral Act allows for a process of appeal to the decision of the Council to include or remove a person from the Draft Register and the County Registrar adjudicates on such matters in Revision Courts held on scheduled dates at various locations throughout the county.

In Kerry, all claims received were reviewed initially with the relevant Enumerator for the area. In some cases the information received was a correction to the Draft Register or the claimant was resident in another area and included elsewhere in the Register. If there was any doubt in relation to a claim received these were included on the list of claims to be considered by the County Registrar. Further investigations were carried out by the Enumerators on all cases listed for the Revision Courts and a further evaluation of the claims was undertaken prior to the court date. Council staff, including the relevant enumerator attended the Revision Court to provide information to the County Registrar to allow him adjudicate on the claim. Claimants were informed of the dates & locations of the Revision Courts and were invited to attend or be represented.

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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