LOCAL CROSS-PARTY REACTION AFTER …. LESS THAN 28% TURNOUT AND MARGINAL ‘YES’ WIN

16 November 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE

DESPITE the record low Referendum turnout of less than 28 per cent in Cavan/Monaghan, the electorate passed the Children’s Referendum last weekend on the slim per centage margin of 53.85 per cent for the ‘Yes’ campaign, as against a percentage of 46.15 per cent for the ‘No’ vote.
Indeed until all the 255 ballot boxes—137 from Cavan and 118 from Monaghan—were opened at the count in the Cavan Sports’ Centre on Sunday, it was quite difficult to predict, with any degree of certainity, how much the margin would be.
And at one early stage in the distribution of the ballot papers, before the count proper began, there were some unfounded suggestions that there might indeed be a close-margin rejection!
The Constituency Returning Officer Mr. Joe Smith, County Registrar, had engaged a very experienced staff of just over one hundred, most of whom had been involved in a number of previous counts.
He said he was very pleased by the pace maintained at the count centre and the meticulous contribution by his entire staff, which resulted in the outcome of the Referendum for Cavan/Monaghan being declared by lunch-time.
Only 27.526 per cent of the electorate in the Cavan/Monaghan constituency cast their votes, resulting in a 53.85 per cent “Yes” margin over a 46.15 per cent ‘No’ vote.
With an electorate of 103,024, and a total valid poll of 28,209, the “Yes” vote was 15,193 while the “No’ vote totaled …

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