OPPORTUNITY FOR CO MONAGHAN PUBLIC TO INFLUENCE WHERE THEY VOTE

31 July 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

PETER HUGHES

With a General Election pending sometime in the next eight months, the people of Co Monaghan will be mentally bracing themselves for politicians trying to influence HOW they vote.

But over the coming weeks the public themselves can exert some influence over WHERE they vote.

A public consultation period is set to open on the new Draft Polling Scheme for the county prepared by Monaghan Co Council.

Although the specific location of polling booths is a matter for determination by the county’s Returning Officer, the areas in which booths are located are decided by the local authority.

People who feel they could cast their votes in a geographic location more convenient to them than the area to which they are currently allocated were encouraged at Tuesday’s meeting of the Monaghan Municipal District to make their views known through the consultation exercise.

Monaghan Co Council’s Administrative Officer for Corporate Affairs Carmel Thornton gave a presentation to the MD members on the Draft Polling Scheme for the Monaghan Electoral Area.

Ms Thornton told the meeting that the Co Council was required under legislation to publish a Polling Scheme for the county, and the new Draft Scheme reflected the changes made to the various electoral areas in the county in accordance with Boundary Commission recommendations.

She said the scheme divided Co Monaghan into polling districts, and appointed a polling place for each polling district for the purposes of elections and referenda. Following consideration by the elected members, the draft scheme would be placed on public display for a period of five weeks, during which submissions would be invited from the public.

The adoption of the scheme, Ms Thornton added, was a reserved function of the Co Council’s elected members, and it was …

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