Wednesday 28 September 2016

Second election anyone? Order to be placed for four million polling cards

Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor

Published 06/04/2016 | 15:09

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OFFICIALS in the Department of the Environment don’t want to be caught on the hop by a second General Election.

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They are set to place an order for 4 million polling cards in the coming weeks, with a delivery date of no later than June 30.

It is now 40 days since the election and there is widespread acceptance in Leinster House that a second election is a real possibility.

As a result the Department is taking no chances and placed a tender advertisement online today that specifically seeks “the supply of paper and printing of Polling Information Cards’ for General Elections and Bye Elections.

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These are the cards sent to every registered voter in the country informing them of the date, time and place at which they are entitled to vote.

The advertisement says that although there is an “initial” need for 4 million cards, the contract will allow for the subsequent supplies within a two year period.

A spokesman for the Department of Environment, which oversees the running of elections, told independent.ie that they are taking a “best to be prepared” attitude as the situation remains in a “state of flux”.

The Dáil is sitting today for a second time to try elect a Taoiseach, but all sides accept that this will not happen.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin are also due to meet privately for the first time since the election tonight – although they have yet to agree a time or venue for the discussions.

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