Friday 30 September 2016

30,000 names on supplementary electoral register

Jane O'Faherty

Published 26/02/2016 | 02:30

James Doorley, deputy director of the National Youth Council of Ireland
James Doorley, deputy director of the National Youth Council of Ireland

MORE than 30,000 people across Ireland have been added to the supplementary register ahead of today's General Election.

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After a strong turnout in last year's Marriage Referendum, it is hoped that significant numbers will use their vote at the polling stations before they close at 10pm tonight.

James Doorley, deputy director of the National Youth Council of Ireland, said: "The figures from the Department of the Environment indicate that 30,185 people added their names to the supplementary register before the February 9 deadline, which is to be welcomed. Now, however, the focus must turn to getting out the vote."

Mr Doorley added that the council had campaigned across the country in a bid to encourage young people to exercise their right to vote in referenda and elections.

He said that this had helped to contribute to the additional numbers on the electoral register.

Irish Independent

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